Who is SaigyoSaigyō Hōshi (西行法師, 1118 – March 23, 1190) was a famous Japanese poet of the late Heian and early Kamakura period.
Born Satō Norikiyo (佐藤義清) 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 Mappō, 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 (円位).
He later took the pen name Saigyō (西行), meaning “W...
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- Having Seen Them Long
Having seen them long,
I hold the flowers so dear
That when they scatter
I find it all the more sad ...
- How Wonderful
How wonderful, that
Should show me kindness;
And of all the numberless folk, ...
- Thought I Was Free
Thought I was free
of passion, so this melancholy
comes as surprise:
a woodcock shoots up from the marsh ...
- Unbroken Gloom.
times when unbroken
gloom is over all our world
over which still
sits the ever brilliant moon ...
- Limitations Gone
since my mind fixed on the moon
clarity and serenity
make something for which ...
Top 10 most used topics by SaigyoMoon 5 Wind 3 Grief 2 Sad 2 Autumn 2 Heart 2 Mountain 2 Hold 1 Cloud 1 Wild 1
Comments about Saigyo0rpheusshould: tightly held by rocks through winter, the ice today begins to come undone: a way-seeker also is the water, melting, murmuring from the moss. saigyo, mirror for the moon
Mkimdorman: the willow is bare the clear stream has dried, and stones lie scattered here and there -saigyō (tr. gail sher)
Shirasagih2: goodbye innocence
Jumphavoc: obito is such a nice person. he let fiesta 3-0 graveyard shift :)
Lumaacee: why is this game so lgbt friendly like look at the pose lol
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