Suo no Naishi (The Suo Handmaid)

Item

Author

Suo no Naishi (The Suo Handmaid)

Location

Heian-kyo (modern day Kyoto)

Dates

d.1110?

Biography

Suo no Naishi was born the daughter of Taira no Munenaka, the governor of Suo province. Her sobriquet, Suo no Naishi, is derived from her father's position and her charge at court -- serving the emperor. She has thirty-five poems included in imperial collections for the GoShui Wakashu forward, and one of her poems is also included in the Hyakunin Isshu (One hundred poems by one hundred poets.) [Source: Mostow, Joshua S. Pictures of the Heart: The Hyakunin Isshu in Word and Image. Honolulu: Hawai'i UP, 1996.]

Languages

Japanese

Genres

Poetry

Editions and Translations

McMilan, Peter. One Hundred Poets, One Poem Each: A Translation of the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu. New York: Columbia UP, 2010; Mostow, Joshua S. Pictures of the Heart: The Hyakunin Isshu in Word and Image. Honolulu: Hawai'i UP, 1996. ; Brower, Robert H., and Earl Miner. Japanese Court Poetry. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1961.

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