Other literary forms

(World Poets and Poetry)

Although Issa (ee-sah) is known primarily as one of the three great haiku poets, he also wrote prose—in Chichi no shen nikki (1801; Diary of My Father’s Death, 1992), a response to his father’s death—and mixed prose and verse, or haibun, in Oragu haru (1819; The Year of My Life, 1960), an autobiographical account of his most memorable year.