He was a man of many talents. Not only did he have a penchant for poetry, but he had a gift for writing edgy plays and novels with a radical flair. He is known for taking risks in his works. Scholars have described numerous extraordinary feats of solo haikai composition at one sitting; most famously, over the course of a single day and night in , Saikaku is reported to have composed at least 16, haikai stanzas, with some sources placing the number at over 23, stanzas. Later in life he began writing racy accounts of the financial and amorous affairs of the merchant class and the demimonde. These stories catered to the whims of the newly prominent merchant class, whose tastes of entertainment leaned toward the arts and pleasure districts.
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Biography[ edit ] Ihara Saikaku was born in into a well-off merchant family in Osaka. From the age of fifteen he composed haikai no renga linked verse. In at the age of twenty he became a haikai master.
Under the pen name Ihara Kakuei, he began to establish himself as a popular haikai poet. During this time he owned and ran a medium-sized business in Osaka. In he changed his pen name to Saikaku. However, the death of his dearly beloved wife in had an extremely profound impact on him. A few days after her death, in an act of grief and true love, Saikaku started to compose a thousand-verse haikai poem over twelve hours. It was the first time that Saikaku had attempted to compose such a lengthy piece of literature.
He started his travels after the death of his blind daughter. In Saikaku returned to Osaka and had learnt of the success his thousand-verse haikai poem had received. From then on he pursued a career as a professional writer. Initially Saikaku continued to produce haikai poetry, but by he had published The Life of an Amorous Man, the first of his many works of prose fiction.
When he died in , at the age of fifty-one, Saikaku was one of the most popular writers of the entire Tokugawa period. Tomb of Ihara Saikaku, in Seigan temple, Osaka. A gambler does not talk about his losses; the frequenter of brothels, who finds his favorite engaged by another, pretends to be just as well off without her; the professional street-brawler is quiet about the fights he has lost; and a merchant who speculates on goods will conceal the losses he may suffer. All act as one who steps on dog dung in the dark.
Lest it prove to be a barrier to my salvation in the next life, I decided to include in this final testament all of the grudges against you that have accumulated in me since we first met. First: I made my way at night to your distant residence a total of times over the past three years.
Not once did I fail to encounter trouble of some kind. To avoid detection by patrols making their nightly rounds, I disguised myself as a servant and hid my face behind my sleeve, or hobbled along with a cane and lantern dressed like a priest. No one knows the lengths I went to in order to meet you!
Biography[ edit ] Ihara Saikaku was born in into a well-off merchant family in Osaka. From the age of fifteen he composed haikai no renga linked verse. In at the age of twenty he became a haikai master. Under the pen name Ihara Kakuei, he began to establish himself as a popular haikai poet. During this time he owned and ran a medium-sized business in Osaka.
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