Hyakunin Isshu No. 13

Emperor Yōzei

Emperor Yōzei (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently I’ve been attempting to memorize all of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu (a famous collection of 100 poems by 100 poets), so you’ll probably be seeing a lot of little posts like this. This poem was written by the retired Emperor Yōzei (陽成院) and is the 13th poem in the collection.

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Like the Mina River

which courses down from the peak

of Mount Tsukuba,

so my love has grown ever deeper,

forming into a great reservoir.

Original:

筑波嶺(つくばね)の 峰より落つる 男女川(みなのがは) 恋(こひ)ぞつもりて 淵(ふち)となりぬる

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