Kobayashi Issa

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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 s ...

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Don'T Worry, Spiders

Don't worry, spiders,
I keep house

In Spring Rain

In spring rain
a pretty girl

Having Slept, The Cat Gets Up

Having slept, the cat gets up,
yawns, goes out
to make love.

A Bath When You'Re Born

His death poem:

A bath when you're born,
a bath when you die,

All The Time I Pray To Buddha

All the time I pray to Buddha
I keep on
killing mosquitoes.


Fabrizio Frosini 11 November 2016

After Kobayashi Issa’s death, haiku poetry began a steady descent into mediocrity... until Masaoka Shiki saved it

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Glen Kappy 31 January 2016

my favorite among the great haiku triumvirate. so human. i became familiar with him through robert hass's the essential haiku and recommend it heartily. i don't usually buy books when i can borrow them, but i bought this one to refer to over and over. -glen kappy

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Fabrizio Frosini 05 November 2015

Basho, Issa Kobayashi, Buson, Shiki..4 shining stars..!

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