Accepted Themes

Kenneth Rexroth listing accepted themes in early Japanese poetry:
...autumn leaves, falling snow, plum and cherry blossoms, the moon in its phases and season, the rustle of leaves, the songs of cicadas, crickets, frogs, cuckoos, and the uguisu (called by some translators a nightingale), assignations with clandestine lovers, famous beauty spots, court ceremonies, the quiet of the monk's hermitage, the death of rulers, patrons and mistresses, and the poem written by the poet on the eve of his own death...
— From the introduction to One Hundred Poems from the Japanese.