That Pretty Girl by Kobayashi Issa

That Pretty Girl That pretty girl--munching and rustlingthe wrapped-up rice cake Kobayashi Issa Kobayashi IssaBorn: 15 June 1763, Kashiwabara, JapanNationality: JapaneseDied: 5 January 1828, Shinano Province, Japan Issa was a poet and lay Buddhist priest of the Jōdo Shinshū best known for his haiku poems and journals,. Known simply as Issa, meaning a Cup-of-Tea, he … Continue reading That Pretty Girl by Kobayashi Issa

Journey Of The Magi by TS Eliot

'A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.' And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces, And the silken girls bringing sherbet...

Ballad of the Army Carts by Du Fu

The carts squeak and trundle, the horses whinny, the conscripts go by, each with a bow and arrows at his waist. Their fathers, mothers, wives, and children run along beside them to see them off. The Hsien-yang Bridge cannot be seen for dust. They pluck at the men's clothes, stamp their feet, or stand in the way weeping. The sound of their weeping seems to mount up to the blue sky above. A passer-by questions the conscripts, and the conscripts reply:...

Elegy X: The Dream by John Donne

Image of her whom I love, more than she, Whose fair impression in my faithful heart Makes me her medal, and makes her love me, As Kings do coins, to which their stamps impart The value: go, and take my heart from hence, Which now is grown too great and good for me: Honours oppress weak spirits, and our sense Strong objects dull; the more, the less we see...