Kobayashi Issa Poems
- Don'T Worry, Spiders Don't worry, spiders, I keep ...
- Having Slept, The Cat Gets Up Having slept, the cat gets ...
- All The Time I Pray To Buddha All the time I pray to ...
- In Spring Rain In spring rain a pretty girl yawning.
- A Huge Frog And I A huge frog and I, staring at each ...
- How Much How much are you enjying yourself, tiger moth?
- A Bath When You'Re Born His death poem: A bath ...
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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Don'T Worry, Spiders
Don't worry, spiders,
I keep house
Translated by Robert Hass