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Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 10

あめふればかさとり山のもみぢばはゆきかふ人のそでさへぞてる[1]

ame fureba
kasatoriyama no
momijiba wa
yuki kau hito no
sode sae zo teru
When rain falls on
Kasatori Mountain, take your umbrella,
For the scarlet leaves set
Passing folks’
Sleeves alight!

19

くりかへし我がみをわけてなみだこそ秋のしぐれにおとらざりけれ

kurikaeshi
wa ga mi o wakete
namida koso
aki no shigure ni
otorazarikere
Time and again
Am I broken
By tears;
The autumn drizzle
Cannot outdo them…

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[1] This poem was included in Kokinshū (V: 263), attributed to Mibu no Tadamine.

Koresada shinnō-ke uta’awase 1

Round One

Left

山だもるあきのかりほにおく露はいなおほせどりのなみだなりけり

yamada moru
aki no kariho ni
oku tsuyu wa
inaosedori no
namida narikeri
Warding mountain fields, in
Autumn upon a hasty hut
The dripping dewdrops are
Migrating birds’
Tears.

Tadamine
1

Right

たつたひめいかなるかみにあればかは山をちくさにあきはそむらん

tatsutahime
ika naru kami ni
areba ka wa
yama o chikusa ni
aki wa somuran
Princess Tatsuta:
What manner of deity
Might she be, that
All the mountain’s thousand grasses
She dyes with autumn hues?

2

Love IX: 29

Left (Tie)
人待つと荒れ行く閨のさむしろに払はぬ塵を払ふ秋風

hito matsu to
areyuku neya no
samushiro ni
harawanu chiri o
harau akikaze
Awaiting him in
A dilapidated room’s
Chill blankets,
The dust I’ve left untouched is
Brushed by the cloying wind of autumn.

A Servant Girl
1137

Right
夜もすがら泪ながるる狭筵は払はぬ塵も積もらざりけり

yomosugara
namida nagaruru
samushiro wa
harawanu chiri mo
tsumorazarikeri
All night long
My tears flow upon
My blanket, so
Even the dust I’ve left untouched
Does not pile up…

Jakuren
1138

The Right state: we wonder about the appropriateness of the autumn wind blowing into a bedroom. The Left state: the Right’s poem has no faults to mention.

In judgment: while it does not sound as if there is a clear winner or loser between the ‘dust I’ve left untouched’ (harawanu chiri) used by both parties, why on earth should the autumn wind not blow into the Left’s bedroom? Really, there is no fault at all in saying that the wind will blow into a dilapidated bedroom! The Right has ‘dust I’ve left untouched’ flowing away with the speaker’s tears, and lacks any faults from beginning to end, but the configuration of the Left’s concluding ‘dust I’ve left untouched is brushed by the cloying wind of autumn’ is superior. The initial section of this poem is a little lacking, however, so both poems are equivalent and should tie.