Kobayashi Issa

Kobayashi Issa
Kashiwabara / Japan
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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 ...
Popular Poems
1.
In Spring Rain
In spring rain
a pretty girl
yawning.
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2.
All The Time I Pray To Buddha
All the time I pray to Buddha
I keep on
killing mosquitoes.
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3.
Don'T Worry, Spiders
Don't worry, spiders,
I keep house
casually.
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4.
Having Slept, The Cat Gets Up
Having slept, the cat gets up,
yawns, goes out
to make love.
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5.
A Bath When You'Re Born
His death poem:

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

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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