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Yosa Buson, born in 1716, was a Japanese poet of the Edo period. He was known, along with Matsuo Basho and Kobayashi Issa, as one of the three classical masters of haiku. He died in Kyoto, Japan, in 1784.

The light of a candle

The light of a candle
               is transferred to another candle—
               spring twilight.

From Haiku Master Buson by Yosa Buson. Copyright © 2007 by Yosa Buson, translated by Edith Shiffert. Reprinted by permission of White Pine Press.

From Haiku Master Buson by Yosa Buson. Copyright © 2007 by Yosa Buson, translated by Edith Shiffert. Reprinted by permission of White Pine Press.

Yosa Buson

Yosa Buson, born in 1716, was a Japanese poet of the Edo period. He was known, along with Matsuo Basho and Kobayashi Issa, as one of the three classical masters of haiku. He died in Kyoto, Japan, in 1784.