Masaoki Shiki

(1867 - 1902)

Masaoki Shiki
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Shiki was born in Matsuyama on September 17, 1867 to Tsunenao, a low ranking samurai and Yae the daughter of Oharo Kanzan, a teacher at the feudal clan school. His real name was Tsunenori, but he was called Noboru as a child. Shiki, lost his father at the age of five and Kanzan took over his education and educated him in the Chinese Classics. He was very strict and conservative. Shiki was also influenced by his uncle , Kato Takusen, who later served as a diplomat and the mayor of Matsuyama.

Shiki was inspired by the Freedom and People's Right Movement, and in 1883 he went to Tokyo to become a politician, but while studying at the Imperial University, his interest in politics and ... more »

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini(1/20/2016 1:15:00 PM)

    In his last years, writing and eating fruit were the only pleasures in his sick bed.
    He was tortured by pain, but when morphine could mask the main, he enjoyed painting, too.
    While the death was closing to Shiki, he composed a haiku on a cicada.

    a late summer cicada
    at the top of his voice
    chirping, and chirping.......

    The image of the life of the cicada overlaps his fate close to death.

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini(11/5/2015 8:19:00 AM)

    for PH: don't you think that this page should be erased..?

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  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini(11/5/2015 4:13:00 AM)

    it's MasaokA Shiki
    go to the correct page (MASAOKA SHIKI) for much more poems

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Best Poem of Masaoki Shiki

Haiku 01

In the coolness
of the empty sixth-month sky...
the cuckoo's cry.

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