Enomoto Seifu

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Enomoto Seifu (榎本 星布, 1732–1815) was a well known haiku poet. She was born into a samurai's family and received a good education. On becoming a widow she first mastered her poetic arts under the guidance of Kaya Shirao and then, following his death, she became a nun. Her poems were published after her death by her son as the collected haika verses of the nun Seifu. Yamamoto Kenichi has claimed she is the only pre-modern female poet to have left truly outstanding work.[1][2]


  1. ^ Pilbeam, Mavis (2010) Haiku: Animals, The British Museum Press, p93.
  2. ^ Ueda, Makoto (2012) Far Beyond the Field: Haiku by Japanese Women, Columbia University Press