Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

Awake At Night - Poem by Matsuo Basho

Awake at night--
the sound of the water jar
cracking in the cold.


Translated by Robert Hass


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  • (11/27/2016 6:27:00 PM)


    Awake At Night by Matsuo Basho.) **Bitter experience. A cold night; brrrrrrrrr. Can’t sleep. The cold is so bitter that it cracks the water jar. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (10/2/2015 5:27:00 AM)


    An ordinary activity of nature at night comes out as an extraordinary observation. Such is the power of words employed in these three lines. Great poetic feast. (Report) Reply

  • (2/18/2012 9:30:00 PM)


    This one made me laugh. Don't know why... it just did. Love it! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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