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Quiz: Name the Author of these Haiku

There are generally acknowledged to be four great masters of haiku poetry: Basho, Buson, Issa and Shiki, spanning the 17th century to the 20th. Each has his own style. Can you identify the author in each case? Even if you’re not familiar with haiku, take a read through these 10 tiny poems and enjoy! Share your results in the comments below 🙂

All translations by Robin D. Gill from The Fifth Season.

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    even our cat / polishes her face: this gem / of a spring day!

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki
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    year after year / a monkey wearing / a monkey’s mask

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki
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    the first sky / fashioned right now / by my smoke

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki
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    it’s new year’s / now where is a house / that will feed me?

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki
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    on this morning / the sun first shines / from a fish-head

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki
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    a mountain village / the first-sun is welcomed / about ten oclock

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki
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    feeling spring / enter from somewhere / as i awaken

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki
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    the expectation / of children betrayed / a cloudy first-day

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki
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    at my house / new year’s day starts / after noon

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki
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    new year’s day / i think of a lonely / autumn dusk

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki
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    it’s a warbler / pooping on the rice cake / drying outside

    • Basho
    • Buson
    • Issa
    • Shiki

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    • Well I’m glad you changed your mind – actually who cares about the score? 🙂 And I’m often in just that position when I see a quiz I feel sure (usually correctly) that’ll do dismally in. I’m glad you played 🙂

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