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Over the wintry by Natsume Soseki

FILED UNDER: HAIKUS

Natsume Soseki is considered the greatest writers in modern Japanese history. As the first Japanese student of British literature, Soseki’s scholarly pursuits greatly impacted all Japanese authors, writers, and artists who followed. His work also dramatically impacted the students he taught. At the turn of the 20th century, his contributions to literature included haiku, renku, haitaishi, literary sketches, short stories and novels. With tremendous success, public admiration, and worldwide acclaim for deep themes of ordinary people living ordinary lives while fighting internal struggles, Soseki’s expression is evocative and powerful. Between conflicts of duty and desire, self loyalty versus group mentality, and the tenuous bonds of loyalty and freedom, Soseki’s prowess and mastery is highly revered to not only Japan but readers worldwide.

Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.