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The spring of my life : and selected haiku

Translated by Sam Hamill

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Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), along with Basho and Buson, is considered one of the three greatest haiku poets of Japan, known for his attention to poignant detail and his playful sense of humor. Issa’s most-loved work, The Spring of My Life, is an autobiographical sketch of linked prose and haiku in the tradition of Basho’s famous Narrow Road to the Interior. In addition to The Spring of My Life, the translator has included more than 160 of Issa’s best haiku and an introduction providing essential information on Issa’s life and valuable comments on translating (and reading) haiku.

notes: Illustrated by Kaji Aso.
genre: Poetry
ISBN: 9781570621444
OCLC number: 36511268
publisher: Shambhala, Distributed in the U.S. by Random House
publication place: Boston
english publication date: 1997
document type: Book
description: xxiii, 180 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.