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Writing shit about new snow

Kobayashi Issa

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2003-03-28
Added by: Jeff
I have heard the story behind this poem. In Issa's time, there was a poetry contest held by the local daimyo (feudal lord). All haiku is supposed to have a nature theme. The theme chosen for this contest was 'new snow'. Whoever wrote the best haiku mentioning new snow would win a cash prize. Issa was a famous poet then, and everyone looked forward to hearing his entry. But he took the opportunity to comment on the contest itself.
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2003-11-18
Added by: rob grigus
It is a very inappropriate haiku and it should not be here
2003-11-19
Added by: Oren
I totally agree with the sentiments in this haiku. It's saying, if you are not truly inspired, don't bother.
2005-11-12
Added by: mike
Sorry folks, truth be told, most poets are crude to some extent. It is still a good haiku, despite the sarcasm, and the cussing.

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