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Ryunosuke Akutagawa

Ryunosuke Akutagawa was a Japanese writer during the Taisho period in Japan. He is regarded by many as the "Father of the Japanese short story." His works have influenced thousands of writers since his first publication. He died in 1927 by suicide at the age of 35 by an overdose of barbital.

Below are a couple of his greatest haikus translated to English.

Haiku by Akutagawa

  • Green frog,
  • Is your body also
  • freshly painted?
  • Sick and feverish
  • Glimpse of cherry blossoms
  • Still shivering.

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