Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

The old pond


Following are several translations
of the 'Old Pond' poem, which may be
the most famous of all haiku:
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  • Rookie - 773 Points Ken E Hall (3/15/2010 3:43:00 AM)

    The old frog preserved
    Frozen in cold immortality
    Basho's simplicity

    Thankyou for putting this haiku in my head (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,636 Points David Escobar (1/31/2007 7:26:00 PM)

    Ahhh, The Old Pond... I can´t find anything greater than this haiku. It combines eternity with temporary reality, movement with stillness, Universe with a single living been, silence with noise... and all of this in only three lines. Great, isn´t it? (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,636 Points Dick Sanders (2/23/2005 5:36:00 AM)

    The only translation worth the effort is that of Alan Watts. The euphony of the last line would have made the inscrutable Basho smile. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,636 Points Dick Sanders (2/23/2005 5:35:00 AM)

    The only translation worth the effort is that of Alan Watts. The euphony of the last line would have made the inscrutable Basho smile. (Report) Reply

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