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Curious about the poem Kanna quotes in Chapter 1 of InuYasha: the Final Act?

It is number 68 in the 100 poems by 100 poets (Ogura Hyakunin Isshu), and is a Tanka poem, a poetry form favored in Japan for 1300 or more years...

here it is in Romanji

Kokoro ni mo
Arade ukiyo ni
Nagaraeba
Koishikaru beki
Yowa no tsuki kana

In Kenneth Rexroth's translations entitled One Hundred Poems From the Japanese, he translates it this way:

Involuntary,
I may live on
In the passing world,
Never forgetting
this midnight moon.
Tags: inuyasha, tanka
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