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As it is the work of a "poet-painter," Yosa Buson's haikai promises to shed light on a problem that has long intrigued scholars whether poets can write verse that is "like paintings," or painters create visual works that are "like poems". The practice of sketching from life was a technique that became popular with many visual artists of Masaoka Shiki's day, and its origins in a rational, scientific view of the world linked it to other aspects of modernization. This epilogue chapter of the book examines the context of the urban and rural communities of writers, artists and scholars with which Buson interacted. Rather than reading his work as a direct expression of an individual poetic voice, the author has viewed it as part of a larger discourse that arose in reaction to the emergence of a new kind of readership in the eighteenth century.

Keywords: Masaoka Shiki; Yosa Buson's haishi



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