The Poet: Kobayashi Issa

Kobayashi Issa is considered to be one of the greatest of the Japanese poets. His work, known for its deceptive simplicity, reflects a deeply humanist nature - his poetry is a celebration of ordinary life as well as an expression of his own troubled emotions. Issa's oeuvre of more than 20,000 works, imbued with Buddhist philosophies and profound observations about the world, have a kind of magical power to console the reader. Almost two centuries after his death, in another country, and even in translation, Issa can move his audience.

Kobayashi Issa