Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

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Best Poem of Matsuo Basho

The Old Pond

Following are several translations
of the 'Old Pond' poem, which may be
the most famous of all haiku:

Furuike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

- Basho



Literal Translation

Fu-ru (old) i-ke (pond) ya,
ka-wa-zu (frog) to-bi-ko-mu (jumping into)
mi-zu (water) no o-to (sound)


Translated by Fumiko Saisho



The old pond-
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.


Translated by Robert Hass



Old pond...
a frog jumps in
water's sound.


Translated by William J. ...

Read the full of The Old Pond

Moonlight Slanting

Moonlight slanting
through the bamboo grove;
a cuckoo crying.


Translated by Robert Hass

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