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Ono no Komachi

Ono no Komachi ō´nō nō kō´mä´chē [key], fl. c.833–857, Japanese poet. She was celebrated for her beauty and erotically charged poetry. Ranked among the most prominent poets of her day, Ono no Komachi displayed a rare skill in weaving multiple entendres, metaphors, and emotional intensity into the elegant waka verse form. To judge from her poetry, she corresponded with a number of leading contemporary poets, several of whom may have been her lovers. Little is known about her actual life or circumstances numerous legends have sprung up about her beauty, amorous activities, and bitter end as a wandering hag.

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