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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  • uncle bobby(6/5/2019 6:38:00 PM)

    According to all known laws
    of aviation,
    there is no way a bee
    should be able to fly.
    Its wings are too small to get
    its fat little body off the ground.
    The bee, of course, flies anyway
    because bees don't care
    what humans think is impossible.
    Yellow, black. Yellow, black.
    Yellow, black. Yellow, black.
    Ooh, black and yellow!
    Let's shake it up a little.
    Barry! Breakfast is ready!

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  • Sophia Zeng(3/11/2019 6:59:00 PM)

    I love your poems.can you write more about nature?

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  • Sophia Zeng(3/11/2019 5:02:00 PM)

    Is your name banana?

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  • Regina(3/10/2019 1:49:00 AM)

    I always thought Basho wrote barn burnt now see moon

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  • e2kwa2ois(3/5/2019 2:43:00 PM)

    k sn o2jkmw sowlkns ik2, doewlns 23ok 2osl

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  • Elyjah Ortega(2/21/2019 11:47:00 AM)

    You'r Poetry is so great I want to make Poetry like you you're inspiring to me please send a comment back soon thank you.

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  • 3eez4zz(12/16/2018 4:03:00 PM)

    344z n1ts tast 3oog

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  • 3eez4zz(12/16/2018 4:02:00 PM)

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Best Poem of Matsuo Basho

A Bee

A bee
staggers out
of the peony.


Translated by Robert Hass

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