Anthologies

The greatest honour a poet could aspire to was to have his or her poetry included in an poetry anthology compiled at the command of an emperor, or retired emperor. There are a large number of these, but the initial eight anthologies, collectively known as the hachidaishū 八代集 in Japanese, are the most famous. Together with the earlier eighth century Man’yōshū poetry anthology, they form the core of the canon of classical Japanese poetry.

The are, in order of compilation:

Kokinshû

Gosenshû

Shûishû

Goshûishû

Kinyôshû

Shikashû

Senzaishû

Shinkokinshû

'Simply moving and elegant'