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Poems by Kobayashi Issa
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Kobayashi Issa, or simply Issa, is one of Japan's best known and appreciated haiku poets.

Issa was born in Kashiwabara, in what is now part of the Nagano Prefecture in Japan. His father was a farmer. Issa's mother died when the boy was very young and his father soon remarried. Issa's stepmother mistreated him and, when he was fourteen, Issa was sent to Edo (Tokyo) where he studied haiku.

Although he gained some notoriety for his poetry early on, he struggled to get by financially and had to travel and work hard until his fifties.

Though Issa's life was filled with struggles -- the death of his mother at an early age, the conflicts with his stepmother, his poverty, and the death of his own children -- his haiku tend to celebrate the serene joys and simple spiritual moments of life.

Poems by Kobayashi Issa


Recommended Books: Kobayashi Issa

Zen Poetry: Let the Spring Breeze Enter The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry The Poetry of Zen: (Shambhala Library) Haiku Enlightenment A Box of Zen: Haiku the Poetry of Zen, Koans the Lessons of Zen, Sayings the Wisdom of Zen





Related Links

Kobayashi Issa
http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/koba.htm

Brief biography on-line.

Haiku of Kobayashi Issa
http://haikuguy.com/issa/

An excellent website with a searchable archive of more than 7,000 of Issa's haiku translated by David Lanoue, daily haiku email, and more. Worth a visit!
Kobayashi Issa