HOKUSAI’S portrait of himself
Tells what his hat was like
And his arms and legs. The only faces
Are a river and a mountain
And two laughing farmers.

The smile of Hokusai
is under his hat.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Carl Sandburg's poem His Own Face Hidden

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  1. Paul McCann says:

    When reading this poem it’s naturally important to know who Hokusai is. An Oriental artist, his most famous work is generally known as “The Great Wave”, which is best likened (for its fame) to an Eastern Mona Lisa. A search on the internet should turn up plenty more information, should any more be required.

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