Kobayashi Issa (1763 - 1827 / Kashiwabara / Japan)
Kobayashi Nobuyki (Issa) was born in Kashiwabara, Shinano province, to a farming family and began writing in his childhood, which was marred by misfortune and sadness, his mother died and his father remarried resulting in torment at the hands of his step mother and step brother.
In 1777 he was despatched to Tokyo to study the Haiku form under such masters as Sogan and Chikua. He was forced to support himself by taking menial jobs before gaining entry into the Kasushika poetry school. At the age of 28 he was to be given a teaching post at the school but lasted just a year after it became clear that his modern style of haiku did not suit the clerical confines that were expected of ... more »
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- A bath when you're born
- A cuckoo sings
- A huge frog and I
- a world of dew
- All the time I pray to Buddha
- Asked how old he was
- Blossoms at night
- Children imitating cormorants
- Don't Kill That Fly!
- Don't know about the people
- Don't worry, spiders
- Ducks bobbing on the water
- Even on the smallest islands
- Even with insects