Kobayashi Issa


Born
in Shinano-machi, Shinano Province (present-day Nagano Prefecture), Japan
June 15, 1763

Died
January 05, 1828

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Kobayashi Issa was a Japanese poet known for his haiku poems and journals. He is regarded as one of the four haiku masters in Japan, along with Bashō, Buson and Shiki. Reflecting the popularity and interest in Issa as man and poet, Japanese books on Issa outnumber those on Buson, and almost equal those on Bashō.

Average rating: 4.27 · 2,353 ratings · 197 reviews · 58 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Spring of My Life and S...

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4.34 avg rating — 175 ratings — published 1997 — 2 editions
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A Few Flies and I: Haiku

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4.16 avg rating — 67 ratings3 editions
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The Year of My Life

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4.41 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1973 — 3 editions
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Boží člověk Issa

4.30 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2006
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The Dumpling Field: Haiku o...

4.38 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1991 — 3 editions
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Inch by Inch: 45 Haiku by Issa

4.04 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1999 — 2 editions
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Cincuenta haikus

3.88 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2005
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The Autumn Wind: A Selectio...

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4.14 avg rating — 49 ratings — published 1984 — 3 editions
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Issa's Best: A Translator's...

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4.38 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 2012
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Cup-of-Tea Poems: Selected ...

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3.75 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1991
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More books by Kobayashi Issa…
“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
Kobayashi Issa, Poems

“Summer night--
even the stars
are whispering to each other.”
Kobayashi Issa

“Never forget:
we walk on hell,
gazing at flowers.”
Kobayashi Issa

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