Kobayashi Issa ~ Selected Haiku (reblog HAIKU OF THE FOREST HAIKU ~ )

Una selezione in inglese degli haiku di Kobayashi Issa.

Haiku of the Forest

Kobayahi Issa (1763-1828) was a well-educated Haikai poet and renowned for his haiku. He suffered much in his life and became a lay Pure Land Buddhist monk. He is known for his use of the common tongue and slang, as well as composing very intellectual haiku. Issa is viewed more as a common everyman (though classically trained and educated in Edo) more so than Bashō and Buson. His popularity owes much to veneration by Masaoka Shiki.

Hey! Don’t swat:
the fly wrings his hands
on bended knees.

Don’t kill that poor fly!
He cowers, wringing
his hands for mercy

A man, just one —
also a fly, just one —
in the huge drawing room.

I’m going out,
flies, so relax,
make love.

Now we are leaving,
the butterflies can make love
to their hearts’ desire

From the bough
floating downriver,
insect song.

Silverfish escaping –
fathers, children


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Questa voce è stata pubblicata da Eufemia Griffo.


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