Did you know?… Shiki


Brd 001


     On how to sing

     the frog school and the skylark school

     are arguing.




This is a beautiful haiku in itself, although it does gain added point from the fact that its author Shiki had founded what was sometimes called the “Cuckoo school”.


Therefore this poem also refers to the differences between Basho’s school and Shiki’s school.


Reference: An introduction to haiku: an anthology of poems and poets from Basho to Shiki, by Harold G. Henderson



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