to light the fire | letter by Yosa Buson

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Yosa Buson was one of the greatest masters of Haiku poetry and he was during his lifetime. One can smile at the modest phrase he puts at the end of this poetic compilation when he tells the addressee what to do with this letter. – “These poems [in this letter] are an expression of gratitude for your habitual kindness, such as fish. You can use them to light the fire”. Buson signed the letter Houko-An, a sobriquet which translates “Mugwort Pot Hermitage”.
Yosa Buson (1716-1783)

 

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