Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

Matsuo Basho
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Bashō was born Matsuo Kinsaku around 1644, somewhere near Ueno in Iga Province. His father may have been a low-ranking samurai, which would have promised Bashō a career in the military but not much chance of a notable life. It was traditionally claimed by biographers that he worked in the kitchens. However, as a child Bashō became a servant to Tōdō Yoshitada, who shared with Bashō a love for haikai no renga, a form of cooperative poetry composition. The sequences were opened with a verse in the 5-7-5 mora format; this verse was named a hokku, and would later be renamed haiku when presented as stand-alone works. The hokku would be followed by a related 7-7 ... more »

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    Haiku
    Five syllables first
    Next line: syllables seven
    Finish off with five

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Best Poem of Matsuo Basho

Autumn Moonlight

Autumn moonlight--
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.


Translated by Robert Hass

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