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Autumn III: 8

Left.

柞原涼みし夏の青木立色變りても猶ならすかな

hahasowara
suzumishi natsu no
aogidachi
iro kawarite mo
nao narasu kana
Beneath the oaks is
Cool in summer –
A fresh green grove;
Their hues have changed, but
Still, ‘tis where I take my rest…

Lord Suetsune.

435

Right (Win).

山巡る時雨の宿か柞原我が物顔に色の見ゆらん

yama meguru
shigure no yado ka
hahasowara
wa ga mono kao ni
iro no miyuran
Roaming round the mountains
Is the showers’ lodging
Above the oaks?
Such satisfaction in their
Hues, there seems to be!

Nobusada.

436

The Right state that ‘a fresh green grove’ (aogidachi) in the Left’s poem is difficult to accept [kikinikushi].The Left wonder what is meant by ‘Such satisfaction in their hues, there seems to be!’ (wa ga mono kao ni iro no miyuran).

Shunzei’s judgement: With regard to the Left’s poem, the cool of summer is usually evoked by phrases such as ‘the shade of the cedars by the Barrier springs’, or ‘’neath the pines growing by waters flowing from the rocks’, and so one wonders why a fresh green grove of oaks has been used. When the focus [mune] in a poem is autumn leaves, using ‘yet’ (nao) suggests that the poet has something else in mind. The Right’s poem is charming in conception [kokoro wa okashiku kikoyuru], but ‘lodging’ (yado ka) as a piece of diction is insufficiently heartfelt [kotoba no shokisubekarazu]. However, the Left’s poem is lacks sufficient feeling throughout [kotogoto ni kanshinserarezu]. Thus, I make the Right the winner.

Autumn III: 7

Left (Win).

舟止めぬ人はあらじな泉川柞の杜に紅葉しつれば

funa tomenu
hito wa araji na
izumigawa
hahaso no mori ni
momiji shitsureba
Not pausing the boat –
No one would when
Izumi River
By the oak grove’s
Scarlet leaves is stained…

Lord Kanemune.

433

Right.

柞原染むる時雨もある物をしばしな吹きそ木枯らしの風

hahasowara
somuru shigure mo
aru mono o
shibashi na fuki so
kogarashi no kaze
The oak trees are being
Stained by showers
And so
For just a while blow not,
O, withering wind!

Lord Tsune’ie.

434

As the previous round.

Shunzei’s judgement: The style [fūtei] of both poems is such that neither has an particular points worth criticising, or praising either. However, the Right’s ‘blow not’ (na fuki so) seems insufficient. The Left wins.

Autumn 38

Left.

長月の月の有明の時雨ゆへ明日の紅葉の色もうらめし

nagatsuki no
tsuki no ariake no
shigure yue
asu no momiji no
iro mo urameshi
Late in autumn, when
The moon lingers in the sky at dawn,
From the drizzle,
In the morning scarlet leaves’
Hue is deepened—how I envy them!

75

Right (Win)

時わかぬ浪さへ色に泉河はゝそのもりにあらし吹らし

toki wakanu
nami sae iro ni
izumigawa
hahaso no mori ni
arashi fukurashi
The constant
Current: even it has broken out in hues anew;
By Izumi River
Through the oak forest has
The storm wind blown, no doubt!

76

MYS XIX: 4164

A poem composed as a plea to be granted the name of a hero.

ちちの実の 父の命 ははそ葉の 母の命 おほろかに 心尽して 思ふらむ その子なれやも 大夫や 空しくあるべき 梓弓 末振り起し 投矢持ち 千尋射わたし 剣大刀 腰に取り佩き あしひきの 八つ峰踏み越え さしまくる 心障らず 後の世の 語り継ぐべく 名を立つべし

titi no mi no
titi no mikoto
papaso pa no
papa no mikoto
oporoka ni
kokoro tukusite
omopuramu
sono ko nare ya mo
masurawo ya
munasiku arubeki
adusayumi
suwepuriokosi
nageya mochi
tipiro iwatasi
turugitati
kosi ni toripaki
asipiki no
yatuo pumikoe
sasimakuru
kokoro sayarazu
noti no yo no
kataritukubeku
na wo takubesi
An inubiwa fruit,
My noble father;
An oak leaf,
My noble mother,
Dull
With distress
Did think
What sort of son is he?
A brave man’s mettle
Does he lack completely?
A catalpa bow:
The tip I wave and
Send an arrow flying
A thousand yards;
A great sword
Fastened at my waist,
Leg wearying
Many hills and dales I cross,
On orders
Firmly fixed;
Years from now
Will folk ever tell
That I gained such a name!

Ōtomo no Yakamochi
大伴家持

SKKS V: 532

When the Regent and Grand Minister [Fujiwara no Yoshitsune] was Colonel of the Left, he held a poetry competition in one hundred rounds at his house. A poem composed on the oak tree.

時わかぬなみさへ色にいづみがははゝそのもりに嵐ふくらし

toki wakanu
nami sae iro ni
izumigawa
hahaso no mori ni
arashi fukurashi
Untouched by changing seasons are
The waves, yet have they taken colour,
On Izumi river;
In the oak groves
Storms rage through, it seems.

Fujiwara no Sada’ie
藤原定家