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Arakida Moritake

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Arakida Moritake

Arakida Moritake (荒木田 守武, 1473 – August 30, 1549) was a Japanese poet who excelled in the fields of waka, renga, and in particular haikai. He studied renga with Sōgi.[1] He was the son of Negi Morihide, and a Shintoist. At the age of 69, he became head priest of the Inner Ise Shrine.

Moritake's most famous poem:

A fallen blossom
returning to the bough, I thought --
But no, a butterfly.
(Translation by Steven D. Carter)[2]


  1. ^ Carter, Steven D. Traditional Japanese Poetry: An Anthology. Stanford University Press, 1991. ISBN 978-0804722124 p338
  2. ^ Carter, 1991. p340

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