Issa Kobayashi

Also called KOBAYASHI YATARO, original name KOBAYASHIISSA (b. June 15, 1763, Kashiwabara, Shinano province,Japan--d. Jan. 5, 1828, Kashiwabara), Japanese poet whose works in simple, unadorned language captured the spiritual loneliness of the common man. Out of a life of tragic adversity he created a poetry of sentimental simplicity that endeared him to the Japanese people.

"Issa" Britannica Online.
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