Senzaiwakashū 千載和歌集

The Senzaiwakashū (or the Senzaishū for short), the ‘Collection (of Japanese Poetry) for a Thousand Years’, was the seventh of the 21 anthologies of waka compiled at imperial command (chokusenshū). Commissioned in 1183 by Emperor Goshirakawa (1127-1192; r. 1155-1158) and presented in 1187, it was compiled by Fujiwara no Toshinari (or more familiarly Shunzei) (1114-1204). The anthology follows the pattern of the Kokinshū, being composed of 20 books, and includes a preface written by Shunzei himself:

Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V
Book VI
Book VII
Book VIII
Book IX
Book X
Book XI
Book XII
Book XIII
Book XIV
Book XV
Book XVI
Book XVII
Book XVIII
Book XIX
Book XX
Spring I
Spring II
Summer
Autumn I
Autumn II
Winter
Parting
Travel
Laments
Felicitations
Love I
Love II
Love III
Love IV
Love V
Miscellaneous I
Miscellaneous II
Miscellaneous III
Buddhism (shakkyōka)
Shintō (jingi)

The 20 Books contain a total of 1,287 poems, by a total of 235 named poets. Shunzei had catholic tastes, and so the collection ranges from the conservative to the innovative, and marks the first appearance by two of Japan’s greatest poets: the Monk Saigyō and Fujiwara no Teika.

The principal poets of the collection (those with more than 5 poems included) are: Minamoto no Toshiyori (Shunrai) (52), Fujiwara no Toshinari (Shunzei) (36), Fujiwara no Mototoshi (26), Emperor Sutoku (23), Shun’e (22), Izumi Shikibu (21), Fujiwara no Kiyosuke (20), Dôin (20), En’i (Saigyō) (18), Ōe no Masafusa (17), Fujiwara no Sanesada (16), Fujiwara no Kanezane (15), Fujiwara no Suemichi (15), Taikenmon’in no Horikawa (15), Fujiwara no Akisuke (14), Minamoto no Yorimasa (14), Kakushō (13), Kenshō (13), Fujiwara no Kintō (11), Fujiwara no Kin’yoshi (10), Fujiwara no Norinaga (10), Kakuchû (9), Jien (9), Princess Shokushi (9), Shukaku (9), Fujiwara no Chikataka (9), Dōmyō (9), Jōsaimon’in no Hyōe (9), Murasaki Shikibu (9), Fujiwara no Sada’ie (Teika) (8), Fujiwara no Sane’ie (8), Higo (8), Fujiwara no Kinzane (7), Emperor Goshirakawa (7), Kamo no Shigeyasu (7), Jakuren (7), Fujiwara no Takanobu (7), Fujiwara no Tadamichi (7), Fujiwara no Toshitada (7), Fujiwara no Nagayoshi (Nagatō) (7), Haburibe no Narinaka (7), Minamoto no Nakamasa (7), Emperor Nijō (7), Fujiwara no Yoshitsune (7), Akazome Emon (6), Fujiwara no Akisue (6), Fujiwara no Kinmitsu (6), Fujiwara no Sanekuni (6), Fujiwara no Sanefusa (6), Jakuzen (Jakunen) (6), Jōken (Seiken) (6), Minamoto no Nakatsuna (6), Minamoto no Masamichi (6), Minamoto no Michichika (6), Minamoto no Michitsune (6) and Minamoto no Moromitsu (6).

The following poems from the Senzaishū are on WakaPoetry.net:

Book I:

SZS I: 1 SZS I: 28
SZS I: 29
SZS I: 32
 SZS I: 69 SZS I: 76

Book II:

SZS II: 95
SZS II: 103
SZS II: 117 SZS II: 122 SZS II: 134

Book III:

SZS III: 161 SZS III: 169 SZS III: 201 SZS III: 202

Book IV:

SZS IV: 233
SZS IV: 259
SZS IV: 267 SZS IV: 299 SZS IV: 301

Book V:

SZS V: 311
SZS V: 315
SZS V: 355 SZS V: 359 SZS V: 365

Book VI:

SZS VI: 400 SZS VI: 414
SZS VI: 420
SZS VI: 430 SZS VI: 443

Book VII:

SZS VII: 477 SZS VII: 478 SZS VII: 484 SZS VII: 497

Book VIII:

SZS VIII: 498
SZS VIII: 504
SZS VIII: 511
SZS VIII: 516 SZS VIII: 532 SZS VIII: 533
SZS VIII: 544

Book IX:

SZS IX: 564 SZS IX: 603 SZS IX: 604 SZS IX: 605

Book X:

SZS X: 606 SZS X: 617 SZS X: 619 SZS X: 624

Book XI:

SZS XI: 641 SZS XI: 661 SZS XI: 689
SZS XI: 693
SZS XI: 702

Book XII:

SZS XII: 708
SZS XII: 727
SZS XII: 737 SZS XII: 745 SZS XII: 765

Book XIII:

SZS XIII: 795
SZS XIII: 807
SZS XIII: 809 SZS XIII: 820
SZS XIII: 825
SZS XIII: 836

Book XIV:

SZS XIV: 845 SZS XIV: 875 SZS XIV: 876 SZS XIV: 878

Book XV:

SZS XV: 908
SZS XV: 909
SZS XV: 915
SZS XV: 928 SZS XV: 929
SZS XV: 937
SZS XV: 951

Book XVI:

SZS XVI: 940
SZS XVI: 961
SZS XVI: 962 SZS XVI: 964
SZS XVI: 966
SZS XVI: 971
SZS XVI: 977
SZS XVI: 1031
SZS XVI: 1038
SZS XVI: 1039

Book XVII:

SZS XVII: 1065 SZS XVII: 1096 SZS XVII: 1126 SZS XVII: 1151

Book XVIII:

SZS XVIII: 1163
SZS XVIII: 1169
SZS XVIII: 1170 SZS XVIII: 1171
SZS XVIII: 1174
SZS XVIII: 1182

Book XIX:

SZS XIX: 1206 SZS XIX: 1215 SZS XIX: 1231 SZS XIX: 1238
SZS XIX: 1243

Book XX:

SZS XX: 1264 SZS XX: 1272 SZS XX: 1275 SZS XX: 1278

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