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Japanese Death Poems 辞世 Part 2 – Translated and analysed

Japanese Reading Difficulty 9/12 Could be read by 5th grade level student in Japan Themes Poetry, Death, Mortality, nature. Text Type Poem, Haiku About Japanese Death Poems Here is our second installment on Japanese death poems, this time we’re looking at a poem by Onitsura. These poems are messages from people writing on, or close …

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Japanese Death Poems 辞世 Translated and analysed

For over a thousand years Japanese people have had a tradition of writing poems on their death bed. These poems provide an intriguing window into the most intimate thoughts of people far removed from us by time and geography. And yet they voice thoughts that are timeless and universal.
Here we take a lot a poem by Chirin from 1794, translate the poem, analyse the language and provide some correlations with English texts.

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