The Spring of My Life

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The Spring of My Life

And Selected Haiku

By Kobayashi Issa; Kaji Aso (Illustrator); Sam Hamill (Translator)

Shambhala, Paperback, 9781570621444, 214pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 1997

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.