Chiyo-ni was a Japanese poet of the Edo period, widely regarded as one of the greatest female haiku poets. Born in Matto, Kaga Province (now Ishikawa Prefecture) as a daughter of a picture framer, she began writing haiku poetry aged 7. At age 12, she became the disciple of the great poet Matsuo Bashō, and by the age of 17, she had become very popular all over Japan for her poetry. Her poems, although mostly dealing with nature, work for a unity of nature with humanity. Her own life was that of the haiku poets who made their lives and the world they lived in one with themselves. Chiyo-ni's teachers were the students of Basho, and she stayed true to his style, although she did develop on her own as an independent figure.
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Kaga no Chiyo (1703-1775)
Ink on paper
15.4 x 39.6 cm (6 x 15 1/2 in.)
Mounting 95 x 48 cm (37 1/2 x 19 in.)
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