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 degree matched by no other poet. Based on the most recent scholarship, the book attempts to identify the sources of his originality in terms of his ...

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Overview

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 degree matched by no other poet. Based on the most recent scholarship, the book attempts to identify the sources of his originality in terms of his long checkered life. It traces his growth and maturity by examining his motherless childhood, struggling youth in Edo, wanderings in western Japan, restless existence as a haiku master, return home to Kashiwabara, three brief marriages, and last years as an old poet.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004137233
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/12/2004
  • Series: Brill's Japanese Studies Library Series , #20
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Makoto Ueda, Ph.D. (1962) in Comparative Literature, University of Washington, is Professor Emeritus of Japanese at Stanford University. His many publication include Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women (2003) and The Path of Flowering Thorn: The Life and Poetry of Yosa Buso (1998).
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Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface
Ch. 1 With an orphaned little sparrow : 1763-1791 3
Ch. 2 A wanderer in the western provinces : 1791-1798 20
Ch. 3 Of sewers and moonlight : 1798-1807 40
Ch. 4 Flowers of the thorn : 1807-1812 57
Ch. 5 Through a hole in the shoji screen : 1812-1816 83
Ch. 6 The world of dew : 1817-1820 108
Ch. 7 Snow in the front yard : 1820-1824 131
Ch. 8 Fearful of the time to come : 1824-1828 152
App "A stag" : a kasen written by Issa and his students 168
Selected bibliography 175
Index of Issa's hokku in English 177
Index of Issa's hokku in Japanese 184
General index 190
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