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Thursday, November 29, 2007

18th - 19th century cat haiku

The Japanese poet Issa (1763-1827) had a life with a deal of struggle and sadness; his mother died young, his stepmother drove him from home, his wife and children died before him. This may explain the tenderness with which he constructed haiku such as:

on the cat's grave
in First Month
...dried sardines

wild cat--
after making love
he's the town pet

Haiku Guy has a terrific archive on Issa; just use the search box for "cat". Try "kitten".

ten kittens
ten different

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