なりけり

English translation: has become

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Japanese term or phrase:なりけり
English translation:has become
Entered by: Shannon Morales

15:02 Aug 15, 2007
Japanese to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Religion / Zen
Japanese term or phrase: なりけり
What does "narikeri" mean in the following?
引き寄せて 結べば芝の庵なり 解けばただの野原なりけり
(quoted from a book on "Zen and Culture")
Shannon Morales
United States
Local time: 23:24
has become
Explanation:
I studied all this once! I think keri is a particle indicating completion, and nari is like aru.

By the way, here is a translation of the whole thing quoted in Junichiro Tanizaki's In Praise of Shadows, (translated by Harper and Seidensecker)

The brushwood we gather -
Stack it together, it makes a hut;
Pull it apart, a field once more.
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Steven Smith
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:24
Grading comment
Thanks so much for the published translation. That helps tons!
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has become


Explanation:
I studied all this once! I think keri is a particle indicating completion, and nari is like aru.

By the way, here is a translation of the whole thing quoted in Junichiro Tanizaki's In Praise of Shadows, (translated by Harper and Seidensecker)

The brushwood we gather -
Stack it together, it makes a hut;
Pull it apart, a field once more.

Steven Smith
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:24
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 8
Grading comment
Thanks so much for the published translation. That helps tons!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Nobuo Kameyama: I believe that Edward G. Seidensticker is one of the best Japanese-English translators and also an excellent Japanologist, however, I know the best Japanologist we ever had was Herbert Norman.
3 hrs
  -> Thanks for correcting my Seidensecker!

agree  Ruth Sato
1 day 22 hrs
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