Probably early 8th century. Kakinomoto is considered one of Japan’s first poets.
A Song Of Longing
Ah! the foot-drawn trail Of the mountain-pheasant’s tail Drooped like down-curved branch!– Through this long, long-dragging night Must I keep my couch alone? Kakinomoto no Hitomaro (Hitomaro Kakinomoto) Ashibiki no Yamadori no o no Shidari-o no Naga nagashi yo wo Hitori ka mo nen.
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.