34And the days have passed. Shall I search the mountains, My Lord has departedAnd the days have passed.Shall I search the mountains,Going forth to meet him,Or wait and wait for him?
35Rather, high on the mountain, No! I would not live,Longing for you.Rather, high on the mountain,A rock for my pillow,I prefer to die.
36Just as I amI shall wait for my lordTill on my black hair,Trailing unconfined,The frost shall fall.
37As the morning mist trails Over the ears of riceIn the autumn field,I know not when or whereMy love will clear away.
3821 September 342 While Empress Iwa no Hime was away Emperor Nintoku brought Princess Yatainto the palace as his consort.Empress Iwa no Hime left Emperor Nintoku in 342.She died in 347.Princess Yata became the Empress.
39Empress Iwa no HimeA jealous woman?A woman of pride?
72Izumi Shikibu one of the ladies-in-waiting of Empress Akiko notorious for her love affairsthe author of The Diary of Izumi Shikibuconsidered to be the finest poet of the time
73An affair with Prince Tametaka starts First marriage First childAn affair with Prince Tametaka startsJune Prince Tametaka dies at the age of 26April An affair with Prince Atsumichi starts1007 Prince Atsumichi dies at the age of 27Writes the Diary of Izumi ShikibuSecond marriageLoss of her first child
74The Diary of Izumi Shikibu based on her affair with Prince Atsumichi between April 1003 and January 1004depictsthe inner solitude and aching voidof a female heart
75For my black hair’s disarray I throw myself down, Without a thoughtFor my black hair’s disarrayI throw myself down,Already longing for the oneWho ran his fingers through it.
76Since even my pillow does not know, I shall not speak.Tell no oneWhat you truly saw-A spring night’s dream.
77On the bamboo leavesA fine ice fallPatters and patters.How bitterTo try to sleep alone!
78 Moon on the mountain rim. From one dark pathInto anotherAgain I may stray.Light the long way, Moon on the mountain rim.
79Just glimpsing the lonely clouds, In the evening,Just glimpsing the lonely clouds,The feeling rises in meNever to gaze For too long.
80Tormented by my thoughts My soul strugglesAnd escapes:A fireflyOver the marsh.
81The dead return tonight, You are not here. Is the place where I live Although I’ve heardThe dead return tonight,You are not here.Is the place where I live A homeland without a soul?
82Not to let even the smoke die down I break twigs And feed the flames In my loneliness,Not to let even the smoke die downI break twigsAnd feed the flamesIn this winter mountain home.
83York St John University College Laura MorganYork St John University College
91Princess ShikishiArt WorkSusan KruseYork St John
92Princess Shikishi 1149 - 1201 A daughter of Emperor Goshirakawa Sent to Kamo Shrine in Kyoto to serve as a virgin, consecrated for 10 years till she was 21 years oldRemained unmarried all though her lifeBecame a nun in 1190Died at the age of 53
97Political & Social Background Princess Shikishi was born in 11491156 Civil War1159 Civil War1192 Samurai Government was establishedPrincess Shikishi died in 1201
98The Transient Nature of Human Existence Civil warsEarthquakesHuge firesDevastating stormsStarvation
99Beating Clothes Clothes were made soft or shiny by beating them on a wooden or stone block.
100Boxwood Pillow Boxwood was often used to make a support on which a small pillow was placed
101Cord of my soul It was believed that a cord tied the soul to the body. Therefore, “cord of my soul” in effectmeans life itself since the separation ofthe soul and body means death.
102The long night’s sleep the “long night’s sleep” is the same as In Buddhist teachingthe “long night’s sleep”is the same asthe “long night’s darkness”which is a spiritual darkness caused by earthly desires.
103Does not feel the coming of spring; Only the slow dropping of gems Deep in the mountainsThe pine branch doorDoes not feel the coming of spring;Only the slow dropping of gemsFrom the melting snow.
104From somewhere in the clouds, A voice- The cuckoo is sobbing. Are his tears still falling?A passing shower in the early evening.
105The clear moon shines cold Near the mountain edge. The night has worn away.The clear moon shines coldNear the mountain edge.And faintly from the far village of Toochi,Someone beating clothes.
106There is no corner left unlit; The moonlight in the garden. As the wind blows coldLeafy shadows clear upNight by night.There is no corner left unlit;The moonlight in the garden.
107Spent gazing at your blossoms Is long past, When this daySpent gazing at your blossomsIs long past,You, at least, do not forget me,Plum tree by the eaves.
108There’s not one who knows. Do not let my pent up tears overflow Of this love of mineThere’s not one who knows.Do not let my pent up tears overflowAs I lie here,My dear boxwood pillow.
109Not knowing where I am bound, For there is no wake to follow, Guide me overAs I row my boat,Not knowing where I am bound,For there is no wake to follow,Breeze on the boundless ocean.
110Forgetting that the days are passing With my heart concealed, Unaware, I sighAs the night falls.
111If you must break, break now. For if I live on Cord of my soul!If you must break, break now.For if I live onMy power to keep this hiddenMay not endure.
112Grieving that you are cold-hearted. If you come, let it be I know I cannot liveUntil tomorrowGrieving that you are cold-hearted.If you come, let it beBefore this night falls.
113The crowing of the rooster at dawn Pierces me to the heart, Here on my pillow,Heavy with thoughtsOf the long night’s sleep.
114In the stillness of each dawn I am filled with sadness Looking afarIn the stillness of each dawnI am filled with sadnessThat the world has not awokenFrom the long night’s sleep.
115Broken by the sound of the breeze That plays on the bamboo leaves Near the window,A dream even shorterThan my fleeting sleep.
116The Tempest Shakespeare 1611 We are such stuff as dreams are made on,And our little life is rounded with a sleep.