9th century. Narihira is known as one of the six best waka poets, and one of the thirty six poet immortals. His affair with Fujiwara no Takaiko, a consort to the Emperor was a big scandal, referred to in the Tales of Ise. http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Ise-Lyrical-Episodes-Tenth-Century/dp/0804706530
Autumn At Tatta River
I have never heard That, e’en when the gods held sway In the ancient days, E’er was water bound with red Such as here in Tatta’s stream. Ason Narihira Chihayaburu Kami yo mo kikazu Tatsuta gawa Kara-kurenai ni Mizu kukuru to wa. Ariwara no Narihira Ason
About this poetry
At Salty Dog Digital we’ve decided to gradually republish Clay MacCauley’s translation of Single Songs of a Hundred Poets – a collection of japanese poetry from the seventh through thirteenth centuries. Sixty four of these poems are the rewards in our game fourtex zen.