Fujiwara no Teika, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Fujiwara no Teika

poet and court noble

Date of Birth: 01-Jan-1162

Place of Birth: Kyoto, Kyōto Prefecture, Japan

Date of Death: 26-Sep-1241

Profession: writer, poet, calligrapher, novelist, linguist

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn


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About Fujiwara no Teika

  • Fujiwara Sadaie (????), better-known as Fujiwara no Teika (1162 – September 26, 1241), was a Japanese poet, critic, calligrapher, novelist, anthologist, scribe, and scholar of the late Heian and early Kamakura periods.
  • His influence was enormous, and he is counted as among the greatest of Japanese poets, and perhaps the greatest master of the waka form – an ancient poetic form consisting of five lines with a total of 31 syllables. Teika's critical ideas on composing poetry were extremely influential and studied until as late as the Meiji era.
  • A member of a poetic clan, Teika was born to the noted poet Fujiwara no Shunzei.
  • After coming to the attention of the Retired Emperor Go-Toba (1180–1239; r.
  • 1183–1198), Teika began his long and distinguished career, spanning multiple areas of aesthetic endeavor.
  • His relationship with Go-Toba was at first cordial and led to commissions to compile anthologies, but later resulted in his banishment from the retired emperor's court.
  • His descendants and ideas would dominate classical Japanese poetry for centuries afterwards.

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