Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

Matsuo Basho Poems

81. What Fish Feel 1/13/2003
82. A Wild Sea 4/2/2010
83. A Ball Of Snow 4/2/2010
84. Spring Rain 1/13/2003
85. Cold Night: The Wild Duck 1/13/2003
86. Fleas, Lice 1/13/2003
87. First Winter Rain 1/13/2003
88. Stillness 1/13/2003
89. Bush Warbler 1/13/2003
90. Blowing Stones 1/13/2003
91. A Cold Rain Starting 4/2/2010
92. Coolness Of The Melons 1/13/2003
93. Chilling Autumn Rains 4/2/2010
94. A Cool Fall Night 1/13/2003
95. Four Haiku 1/1/2004
96. A Field Of Cotton 1/13/2003
97. A Strange Flower 4/2/2010
98. A Weathered Skeleton 4/2/2010
99. Bitter–tasting Ice — 1/1/2004
100. First Snow 1/13/2003
101. Winter Solitude 1/13/2003
102. An Old Pond 4/2/2010
103. Basho's Death Poem 4/2/2010
104. A Cicada Shell 1/13/2003
105. First Day Of Spring 1/13/2003
106. Don'T Imitate Me 1/13/2003
107. A Caterpillar 1/13/2003
108. Awake At Night 1/13/2003
109. Collection Of Six Haiku 1/1/2004
110. A Monk Sips Morning Tea 1/13/2003
111. The Old Pond 1/13/2003
112. Autumn Moonlight 1/13/2003
113. A Snowy Morning 1/13/2003
114. A Bee 1/13/2003

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

Staying At An Inn

Staying at an inn
where prostitutes are also sleeping--
bush clover and the moon.

Translated by Robert Hass

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