Haiku poem on mute beggar in Edo period

Issa Kobayashi (1763- 1828) is one of the haiku poets who represent Edo period.

He did not have a happy family life since the childhood, and led the life of a wanderer.

Among his haiku, there is one that Issa wrote with a pity after observing a Deaf-mute beggar tapping a stick on the bowl for a penny.

"In a shower in late fall a mute beggar taps his bowl"

This haiku implicitly tells us how the Deaf-mute were treated by the society at that time.

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