A Collection of Humorous Short Poems

(Kyōka zukushi, 狂句尽くし)

c. 1842

 

Kyōka sometimes translated as “wild poetry” or “mad poetry” was popular in the Edo period, and has a meter of 5-7-5-7-7.  This series is not listed in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 14 by 5 inches (36 by 13 centimeters), a size known as chūtanzakuban, and bear no publisher’s seal.

 

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Description: Homely woman applying makeup, with child beside her

 

 

Description: The lucky god Fukurokuju with a lantern

 

I am grateful to Robert Pryor for this image.

 

 

 

 

 

Description: Men trying to kill rats

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