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Mibu no Tadamine

Japanese writer

860   -   920

country of citizenship: Japan
occupation: poet, writer

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Mibu no Tadamine (壬生忠岑) was an early Heian waka poet of the court (active 898–920), and a member of the sanjūrokkasen or Thirty-six Poetry Immortals. His son Mibu no Tadami was also a distinguished poet. He emerged as an important poet in an early utaawase or poetry match, Koresada no miko no ie no uta'awase (是貞の親王家歌合, "The Poetry Match at Prince Koresada's Residence", c.893), and was involved in many of the poetic activities of the day, including a position as a compiler of the Kokin Wakashū. A collection of his personal poems appeared as the tadamine shū, though more than half of it is not certainly canon. He is also famous for the Tadamine Juttei (忠岑十体, "Ten Styles of Tadamine", c.945), an influential work of Heian criticism.
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Kokin Wakashū

first imperial waka anthology, dating from the Heian period. Conceived by Emperor Uda (r. 887–897) and published by order of his son Emperor Daigo (r. 897–930). The compilers of the anthology were four court poets, led by Ki no Tsurayuki.

author: Ki no Tomonori, Ōshikōchi no Mitsune, Ki no Tsurayuki, Mibu no Tadamine


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