Dew on the Grass: The Life and Poetry of Kobayashi Issa
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Dew on the Grass: The Life and Poetry of Kobayashi Issa

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This book sketches the life and poetry of Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828), a Japanese poet popularly known as one of the Three Pillars of Haiku. While Basho with his mystic asceticism and Buson with his romantic aestheticism immeasurably enriched the haiku tradition, it was Issa who, with his bold individualism and all-embracing humanism, helped to modernize the form to a degre...more
Hardcover, 194 pages
Published March 12th 2004 by Brill Academic Publishers (first published March 2004)
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Josh
Probably only interesting to you if you're already pretty deeply interested in haiku -- but if you are, good stuff. Issa is considered one of the 3 (sometimes 4) canonical Great Masters of Japanese haiku and this is a very good introduction to his work and biography. He is often considered the most down-to-earth & human of the masters -- his trademark haiku are sympathetic toward the lowest of the low, common bugs, etc. The biography is fair to him but also doesn't shy away from talking in d...more
John Porcellino
If you are interested in the history and human background of haiku, this is a must-read. So glad a book like this exists!
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