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  1. Anonymous
    April 26, 2020 @ 11:51 am

    There is no dispute about the authorship of this haiku — it is by Masaoka Shiki. The confusion arises from the fact that many people think it is an allusion to a quite different haiku by Buson: ‘Aki futatsu uki o masu ho no susuki kana’. This means something like: Two autumns — my sadness grows as thick as the pampas grass.’ In the case of the Buson poem, the two autumns means two years have passed since the death of his friend, a monk. In the Shiki poem, the two autumns means that he and his friend, Natsume Soseki, will be separated in space.


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