14 August 2010

Animal haiku!

Kawamura Bunpo: Rabbits (detail), from Handscroll of Japanese Subjects
Painting, ink and colours on paper, c.1807
Animal haiku

"In a new book from the British Museum exploring the form's long tradition of focus on animals, haiku from some of the greatest exponents - Basho, Buson and Issa - sit alongside exquisite prints of the creatures they describe."

even the rabbit
droops one of her ears -
midsummer heat!
Akutagawa Ryunosuke