Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

Matsuo Basho Poems

1. Now the swinging bridge 11/5/2015
2. All the day long 11/5/2015
3. By the old temple 11/5/2015
4. Cedar umbrellas 11/5/2015
5. Temple Bells Die Out 12/8/2014
6. Won't You Come And See 4/2/2010
7. The She Cat 4/2/2010
8. The Warbler Sings 4/2/2010
9. On The White Poppy 4/2/2010
10. The Shallows 4/2/2010
11. Tremble Oh My Gravemound 4/2/2010
12. Flower 4/2/2010
13. The Narrow Road To The Deep North: Prologue 4/2/2010
14. With A Warbler 4/2/2010
15. Wrapping Dumplings 4/2/2010
16. Souls' Festival 4/2/2010
17. The Whole Family 4/2/2010
18. Scarecrow In The Hillock 4/2/2010
19. With Every Gust Of Wind 4/2/2010
20. Sleep On Horseback 4/2/2010
21. Eaten Alive 4/2/2010
22. The Winter Leeks 4/2/2010
23. From Time To Time 4/2/2010
24. This First Fallen Snow 4/2/2010
25. The Petals Tremble 4/2/2010
26. On Buddha's Deathday 4/2/2010
27. How Wild The Sea Is 4/2/2010
28. Petals Of The Mountain Rose 4/2/2010
29. On The Cow Shed 4/2/2010
30. The Clouds Come And Go 4/2/2010
31. The Winter Storm 4/2/2010
32. Untitled 4/2/2010
33. Shaking The Grave 4/2/2010
34. Under My Tree-Roof 4/2/2010
35. The Morning Glories 4/2/2010
36. The First Snow 4/2/2010
37. Husking Rice 4/2/2010
38. Passing Through The World 4/2/2010
39. Crossing Long Fields 4/2/2010
40. On New Year's Day 4/2/2010

Comments about Matsuo Basho

  • Frederick Kesner Frederick Kesner (3/8/2018 10:21:00 PM)

    It always is a benefit to learn from the masters. And from there swing into our inner flow to voice our true self.

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  • Walterrean Salley (11/22/2016 7:53:00 PM)

    Now and again it’s easy to get bogged down while reading and commenting on poems. Well, here I am; enjoyed these poems so much that it’s hard to leave this page.

  • Shedrach Ugwu Shedrach Ugwu (11/14/2016 3:53:00 AM)

    My favourite.

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (11/11/2016 10:55:00 AM)

    '' In the waka of Saigyo, the renga of Sogi, the paintings of Sesshu and the tea ceremony of Rikyu, one fundamental principle runs through all arts: those who pursue art follow zôka, and have the four seasons as their companion. Everything they see is like a flower and everything they imagine is like the moon. If one sees no flower, he is the same as a barbarian; if one has no moon in mind, he is no different from the birds and the beasts. Go beyond the barbarians and depart from the animals; follow zôka and return to zôka. ''
    [Matsuo Basho]

    * zoka = the creative force of nature [a concept coming from the Chinese 'Dao' (the 'path') ] - zoka is not a deity

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/21/2016 7:09:00 AM)

    araumi ya / Sado ni yokotau / amanogawa
    the rough sea / stretching out towards Sado / the Milky Way [1689]

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/21/2016 7:08:00 AM)

    furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto
    an ancient pond / a frog jumps in / the splash of water [1686]

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (1/19/2016 12:16:00 PM)

    the 'FOUR GREAT': Matsuo Basho, Issa Kobayashi, Yosa Buson, Masaoka Shiki..

  • Christable Anon (2/18/2012 7:44:00 PM)


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  • Judy Meibach Judy Meibach (4/30/2010 9:26:00 AM)

    I never quite understood haiku until I started reading the works of Basho - now I am studying haiku - and it is quite enlightening - something very different than the poetry that I have often been accustomed to.

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (11/16/2008 3:19:00 PM)

    How much can be said in so little words.I'm glad I finally discovered who wrote and invented the haiku.Thank you.I wrote some haiku based on THE OLD POND haiku-which is this poet's most famous.

Best Poem of Matsuo Basho

A Bee

A bee
staggers out
of the peony.

Translated by Robert Hass

Read the full of A Bee

The Morning Glory Also

The morning glory also
turns out
not to be my friend.

Translated by Robert Hass

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