Matsuo Basho
Iga Province / Japan
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A Bee

Rating: 3.4
A bee
staggers out
of the peony.


Translated by Robert Hass
COMMENTS
Mountain Man 19 March 2020
A bee stings a bee u, a bee brought me to realize they are important.
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Hello 11 April 2019
Hi dhdbdhhdjdhdhhdhd
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Samin Bakshi 30 June 2018
Drunken, by it's creation. Awakened, to it's demise. One see's, blind!
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Walterrean Salley 22 November 2016
(A Bee - Poem by Matsuo Basho.) **An entertaining verse.
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Fabrizio Frosini 10 October 2016
'' From the bottom of the pistil / the peony, the bee moves away / grudgingly '' [Basho] In this hokku on parting (separation) , the bee represents Basho and the peony the host (Master Toyo) . The bee leaves the flower with great reluctance, thus expressing the deep gratitude of the visitor. This form of symbolism or simple allegory was a standard for the poets of that time, as it was for the entire poetic tradition.
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Fabrizio Frosini 09 June 2016
it has been proposed by some critics that, by saying '' a bee staggers out the peony '', Basho is maybe '' attributing [sort of] human emotion to the bee ''.. Or maybe '' he is entering into the authentic experience of 'beeness' '' :) I'm not in Basho's mind, but -as others have pointed out- a more proper question would be: '' Is the bee inside his mind or outside ''? :)
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Fabrizio Frosini 09 June 2016
another translation: '' how reluctantly / the bee emerges from deep / within the peony ''
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Corey Stewart 22 December 2015
Neglectful of our betters While we are rushing. Our doom awaits regardless.
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PRIYANSHU SAHU 19 November 2015
I just like it
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Seema Jayaraman 02 October 2015
awesome...the bee drunk with nectar from the peony.. spelt so simply
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