Posts tagged ‘steven d carter’

Sunday, 3 November 2019

GGS 2817: I Awoke From Sleep by Fujiwara no Ietaka

I awoke from sleep
hearing a sad sound
I had not listened for:
the voice of waves at daybreak
breaking on the rocky shore.

From: Carter, Steven D. (ed. and transl.) Waiting for the Wind: Thirty-Six Poets of Japan’s Late Medieval Age, 1989, Columbia University Press: New York, p. 42.
(https://www.gwern.net/docs/japanese/1989-carter-waitingforthewind.pdf)

Date:  c12th century (original in Japanese); 1989 (translation in English)

By: Fujiwara no Ietaka (1158-1237)

Translated by: Steven D. Carter (19??- )

Friday, 7 June 2019

Extemporaneous by Betsugen Enshi

The courtyard is so lonely in autumn rain
that I open the window and gaze all day at the peak.
From the beginning of the world my two eyes
have been fixed to those mile-high pines on top.

From: Carter, Steven D. (ed. and transl.), Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology, 1991, Stanford University Press: Stanford, California, p. 271.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=dq7TOrkTCP0C)

Date: 14th century (original in Japanese); 1991 (translation in English)

By: Betsugen Enshi (1294-1364)

Translated by: Steven D. Carter (19??- )

Friday, 6 April 2018

Laments by Fujiwara no Shunzei

How is it that ducks
are able to stay afloat
out on the water,
while I feel myself sinking
even here on the land?

From: Carter, Steven D. (ed. and transl.), Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology, 1991, Stanford University Press: Stanford, California, p. 150.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=dq7TOrkTCP0C)

Date: c1188 (original in Japanese); 1991 (translation in English)

By: Fujiwara no Shunzei (1114-1204)

Translated by: Steven D. Carter (19??- )

Friday, 5 August 2016

A Fallen Blossom by Arakida Moritake

A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought —
But no, a butterfly.

From: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arakida_Moritake

Date: c1500 (original in Japanese); 1991 (translation in English)

By: Arakida Moritake (1473-1549)

Translated by: Steven D. Carter (19??- )