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Ikkyu Biography and Poems

Ikkyu Biography and Poems. This is biographical information on Ikkyu, one of the best poets of all time. This biography page also provides a link to poems written by Ikkyu, as well as, a video biography...if available.

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Ikkyu (, Ikkyu Sojun , 1394–1481) (self-named: "Crazy Cloud") was an eccentric, iconoclastic Japanese Zen Buddhist monk and poet. He had a great impact on the infusion of Japanese art and literature with Zen attitudes and ideals.

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