Sarumaru Dayū (猿丸大夫) and his poetry – Okuyama ni Momiji fumiwake Naku shika no Koe kiku toki zo Aki wa kanashiki

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Okuyama ni

Momiji fumiwake

Naku shika no

Koe kiku toki zo

Aki wa kanashiki

Autumn at its saddest—

Rustling through the leaves

and moving on alone

deep into the mountains,

I hear a lonely stag belling for his doe.

Sarumaru Dayu 猿丸太夫 / Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki 百人一首姥がゑとき (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets, Explained by the Nurse)




-- Sarumaru Taifu arumaru no Taifu, also known as Sarumaru no Dayū (猿丸大夫) was a waka poet in the early Heian period.[citation needed] He is a member of the Thirty Six Poetic Sages (三十六歌仙 Sanjūrokkasen), but there are no detailed histories or legends about him. There is a possibility that there never was such a person. Some believe him to have been Prince Yamashiro no Ōe.



奥山に 紅葉踏みわけ 鳴く鹿の
声きく時ぞ 秋はかなしき

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