Mirror for the Moon

Mirror for the Moon

Saigyō William R. LaFleur Gary Snyder / Jun 18, 2019

Mirror for the Moon A selection of poems in English and Japanese by Saigy translated with an introduction by William R LaFleur foreword by Gary Snyder

  • Title: Mirror for the Moon
  • Author: Saigyō William R. LaFleur Gary Snyder
  • ISBN: 9780811206990
  • Page: 474
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A selection of poems in English and Japanese by Saigy 1118 1190 translated with an introduction by William R LaFleur foreword by Gary Snyder

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      • Saigyō William R. LaFleur Gary Snyder

        Saigy Houshi , 1119 March 23, 1190 was a famous Japanese poet of the late Heian and early Kamakura period.Born Satou Norikiyo in Kyoto to a noble family, he lived during the traumatic transition of power between the old court nobles and the new samurai warriors After the start of the Age of Mapp 1052 , Buddhism was considered to be in decline and no longer as effective a means of salvation These cultural shifts during his lifetime led to a sense of melancholy in his poetry As a youth, he worked as a guard to retired Emperor Toba, but in 1140 at age 22, for reasons now unknown, he quit worldly life to become a monk, taking the religious name En i He later took the pen name, Saigyo meaning Western Journey, a reference to Amida Buddha and the Western paradise He lived alone for long periods in his life in Saga, Mt Koya, Mt Yoshino, Ise, and many other places, but he is known for the many long, poetic journeys he took to Northern Honshuu that would later inspire Basho in his Narrow Road to the Interior He was a good friend of Fujiwara no Teika Some main collections of Saigyo s work are in the Sankashuu, Shin Kokin Wakashuu, and Shika Wakash He died in Hirokawa Temple in Kawachi Province present day Osaka Prefecture at age 72.


    1. Mirror for the Moon, by Saigyo. Translated by William LaFleur, 1978. This is a wonderful book of poetry, a great read to take some time with. Written in the traditional form of waka with thirty-one syllables, these poems by the 12th century Japanese poet and monk consistently open up insights into this passing life -- it’s beauty and it’s transience. Bill LaFleur taught me in a Buddhism class at Princeton, for which we read this book. I enjoyed it then, and just as much if not more now.

    2. These are beautiful poems, and very human ones--Saigyo's way requires great effort and he continues to suffer, in himself and in empathy with others. So when he suddenly sees the moon, or loses himself in blossoms, you understand his peace in those moments and know that at some place in him, they are constant.Here I huddle, alone,In the mountain's shadow, needingSome companion somehow:The cold, biting rains pass offAnd give me the winter moon.

    3. There's something truly beautiful about Saigyō's desire for a companion in his loneliness. I probably like this more than Poems of a Mountain Home , but there's only so much poetry about blossoms I can read before it starts to serve no purpose. Give me emo Saigyō any day though.

    4. Original review: Medieval Japanese poetry is a lot better than medieval European poetry.Current review: ah, I still agree.

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