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Sei Shonagon Makes Snow Sound Beautiful again.

January 28, 2011

an excerpt from Poetry Friday, via Women’s Voices For Change.

Reading this… I could almost decide to like snow. Maybe.


It is delightful when there has been a thin fall of snow; or again when it has piled up very high and in the evening we sit round a brazier at the edge of the veranda with a few congenial friends, chatting till darkness falls. There is no need for the lamp, since the snow itself reflects a clear light. Raking the ashes in the brazier with a pair of fire-tongs, we discuss all sorts of moving and amusing things.

(From The Pillow Book of Sei Shônagon, translated and edited by Ivan Morris. London: Penguin Books, 1971.)

Read the rest of the excerpts at Women’s Voices For Change.

I’m thinking I might need to read more Sei Shonagon.

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