ie futatsu mitsu yotsu tako no yûbe kana
flying from houses--
a two, threefour-kite
And his comment
Shinji Ogawa notes that the numbers grammatically modify the houses, yet "the numbers influence the 'kites' also." He adds that the normal Japanese expression is to give just two numbers, "two, three," or "three, four," but here, "Issa uses three numbers to create special effects--to make the image more clear, the image of a tranquil and peaceful village."
Tr,David said the kites are two, three, and four.
If you read this haiku with 5,7,5.,
the sentence is devided as follows,
mitu yotsu tako no
The houses are two.
three, four kites
niken no ieni genkina kotati
two houses and