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Given the immense span of years covered in this article, it is not comprehensive, but rather highlights prominent works and authors of the various periods.
All names are in the Japanese order of surname first, given name second. "Chinese characters") from the Asian mainland, writing became possible, as there was no native writing system.
Other important works of this period include the Kokin Wakashu (905, waka anthology) and The Pillow Book (990s), the latter written by Murasaki Shikibu's contemporary and rival, Sei Shonagon, about the life, loves, and pastimes of nobles in the Emperor's court.
The iroha poem was also written during the early this period, becoming the standard order for the Japanese syllabary until 19th century Meiji era reforms.
Matsuo Bashō, best known for Oku no Hosomichi (奥の細道, 1702: a travel diary variously rendered 'Narrow Road to the Far North', 'Narrow Road to Oku', and so on into English), is considered to be one of the first and greatest masters of haiku poetry.In this time the imperial court and highest ranked kuge patronized the poets.There was no professional poets but most of them were courtiers or ladies-in-waiting.Other remarkable genres in this period were renga, collective poetry and Noh theatre.
Both were rapidly developed in the middle of the 14th century, that is, early Muromachi period.Other important tales of the period include Kamo no Chōmei's Hōjōki (1212) and Yoshida Kenko's Tsurezuregusa (1331).