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Fujiwara no Kintō (藤原公任) (966-1041), also known
as Shijō-dainagon, was a poet admired by his
and a court bureaucrat of the Heian period. His father was the regent Fujiwara
no Yoritada and his son Fujiwara no Sadayori.
An exemplary calligrapher and poet, he is given mention in works by
Shōnagon and a number of other major chronicles and texts.
Over the course of his life, Kintō published a great many poems,
as well as many poetry anthologies including the Shūi
Wakashū and the Wakan rōeishū. He also established
the grouping of "Thirty-Six Poetic Geniuses" or "Thirty-six Poetry
Immortals", the "Anthology of Poems by the Thirty-Six Poets"
(Sanjūrokkasen), frequently seen in Ukiyo-e art; he first assembled in 1009-1011
which Fujiwara no Teika would later
recommend to the study to aspiring poets. The anthology:
- "...contained ten poems each by Hitomaro, Tsurayuki,
Mitsune, Ise, Kanemori, and Nakatsukasa, and three poems each by
Yakamochi, Akahito, Narihira, Henjô, Sosei, Tomonori, Sarumaru,
Komachi, Kanesuke, Asatada, Atsutada, Takamitsu, Kintada, Tadamine,
Saigû no Nyôgo, Yorimoto, Toshiyuki, Shigeyuki, Muneyuki,
Sane-akira, Kiyotada, Shitagô, Okikaze, Motosuke, Korenori,
Motozane, Kodai no Kimi (also read O-ô no Kimi), Nakafumi,
Yoshinobu, and Tadami. He served the Heian court in the position
of nagon at the same time as Minamoto no Tsunenobu,
Minamoto no Toshikata, and Fujiwara no Yukinari, all great
poets as well. The four have come to be known as the Shi-nagon
(four nagon)." 
He was also apparently vital in the compilation of Emperor Kazan's
Wakashū (in which 15 of his poems appear),
having compiled between 996 and 999 the original skeleton for it, a
collection called Shuisho. 
In addition, his poetry criticism is also of note: reputedly,
when Kinto criticized Fujiwara no Nagayoshi (probably
his Waka Kuhon, "Nine Grades of Waka" ),
Nagayoshi became ill and died.
- ^ "... Fujiwara no
Kinto (966-1008), the most admired poet of the day." pg 283 of Donald Keene's Seeds in the Heart.
- ^ pg 602 of Seeds in
- ^ pg 284 of Seeds in
- ^ pg 283 of Seeds in
- ^ pg 331 of Seeds in
- Frederic, Louis (2002). "Japan Encyclopedia." Cambridge,
Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
- Papinot, Edmond (1910). Historical and geographical
dictionary of Japan. Tokyo: Librarie Sansaisha.