Monthly Poem and Pictograph in EL (December, 2000)


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This is an EL experimental page with  English and Japanese.

I picked a short Tanka poem by Terayama Shuji which Sadako@Yokohama mailed me as her favorite one. There is a word 'ripen' in this poem. By this word, which color do you imagine? I can't help but to imagine the persimmon color, because the view of ripened persimmons in early snow in Japan impressed me very strongly in my experience. I guess the author Terayama also felt the same color. But you are free to choose the color of your new star. When I feel many reader's sky and stars, I can enjoy this poem in another way too. ( BTW, haven't you think that persimmons are originally from eastern Asia? I recently read that they were from Gondwana! )

** I've gotten voices not to make too many compounded characters( c-c ), so I used two c-cs joined characters for 'poem'. Also I'm introducing some c-cs related to 'language' and 'art' below this page. Please enjoy the way to distinguish concepts.
 今月は、岡本さだこさん@横浜が送ってくださっていた彼女のお好きな寺山修司の短歌の地球語への直訳を試みます。今サンフランシスコの店頭には、熟してつややかな柿が並んでいます。数年前には見かけなかったフユウ柿も安く手に入るようになりました。柿は東洋が原産かと思っていましたが、ゴンドワナ大陸以来の植物なのですってね。「熟す」ということばを聞くと、私はつい雪の中の柿の色をイメージしてしまいますが、地域によってはアンズ、サクランボ、ブドウなどと全く違うイメージで読まれることでしょうね。
下に、言語や芸術に関係する基礎語の重ね文字・熟語を取り上げてみました。比較してみてください。 

The Original Japanese Tanka:

歌ひとつ覚えるたびに星ひとつ 熟れて灯れるわが空をもつ


The meaning in English:

Each time when feeling a poem,
I have my sky where one star ripens and burns.


In EL:

   

: gc (preposition) {02,34}(each) 36(time): each time (modifying the predicate of the whole sentence) ( 〜のたびに)
: {gc gd}( d-verb with the following words to modify the word in front ) 39( feel with gd) 30: feeling (something) ( 〜を感じる・・ )
: 02(one) {{15,33}( language ),42( wave, sound )} ((vocal) word(s)) {40( balance),60(truth, penetrate)} (art): one poem (are joined characters)( ひとつの詩)
: 34(indication of the subject of a sentence for the following character(s)) {34,62}(I/my/me): I ( 私は)
: gd (d-verb) {47(accepted),54(existence)} (possession) 30: have (something) (〜をもつ)
: {34,62}(I/my/me) {37(nature),70(space)}(sky): my sky (私の空)
: {dl,gc,10(place)} dr: definition brackets which the contents modify the front word as the relative adverb, 'where' (場所を示す関係副詞として働く表意括弧)
: 02(one) {{03,13}( similar thing/system ){33,44}(the sun)}(star): one star( ひとつの星(恒星))
: gd {{58,67}( mature ){67,66}(fruit)}: ripen (vt.) (熟す)
: gb (conjunction): and (接続符)
: gd {(44,52}(fire),{02,23}(light, illumination)}: burns and shines (燃えて光る、灯る)

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