Kin’yōwakashū 金葉和歌集

The fifth imperial poetry anthology, the Kin’yōwakashū (or Kin’yōshū) the ‘Collection of Golden Leaves of Japanese Poetry’. It was ordered by Emperor Shirakawa (1053-1129; r.1072-1086) and compiled by Minamoto no Toshinari (or, more usually, Shunrai) (?1055-?1129). Shunrai was a gifted poet and critic, championing more ‘modern’ trends in poetry, as opposed to conservatives such as Fujiwara no Mototoshi (?-1142/3). Consequently, he was regarded as eccentric by his peers (he did produce some odd poetry) and Shirakawa required two rewrites of the anthology before he was satisfied with it.

The Kinyôshû follows the Kokinshū pattern, though in only ten books and 716 poems, making it the shortest of the imperial anthologies; it also lacks a preface.

Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V
Book VI
Book VII
Book VIII
Book IX
Book X
Spring
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Felicitations
Partings
Love I
Love II
Miscellaneous I
Miscellaneous II

The principal poets of the collection (those with 10 or more poems included) are: Minamoto no Toshiyori (or Shunrai) (31), Minamoto no Tsunenobu (26), Fujiwara no Kinzane (23), Fujiwara no Asasue (20), Fujiwara no Tadamichi (15(, Fujiwara no Asasuke (14), Fujiwara no Nagazane (14), the Monk Eien (or Yôen) (13), the Monk Gyōson (10), Minamoto no Asanaka (10), and Minamoto no Masamitsu (or Masateru) (10).

Book I:

KYS I: 1 KYS I: 2
KYS I: 7
KYS I: 8
KYS I: 16
KYS I: 60

 Book II:

KYS II: 97
KYS II: 99
KYS II: 111 KYS II: 131
KYS II: 138

 Book III:

KYS III: 203 KYS III: 233  KYS III: 250

 Book IV:

KYS IV: 267 KYS IV: 276
KYS IV: 279
KYS IV: 284
KYS IV: 302

 Book V:

KYS V: 311
KYS V: 313
KYS V: 327  KYS V: 333

 Book VI:

KYS VI: 339 KYS VI: 345  KYS VI: 349

 Book VII:

KYS VII: 375
KYS VII: 379
KYS VII: 399
KYS VII: 401  KYS VII: 406

 Book VIII:

KYS VIII: 449
KYS VIII: 473
KYS VIII: 474  KYS VIII: 480 KYS VIII: 502
KYS VIII: 510

 Book IX:

KYS IX: 556 KYS IX: 587  KYS IX: 602

 Book X:

KYS X: 616 KYS X: 620  KYS X: 637

'Simply moving and elegant'