A Bee Poem by Matsuo Basho

A Bee

Rating: 3.4

A bee
staggers out
of the peony.

Translated by Robert Hass

Fabrizio Frosini 09 June 2016

another translation: '' how reluctantly / the bee emerges from deep / within the peony ''

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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 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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Stanton Hager 15 September 2006

I usually STAGGER out of a Basho poem

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Mr.Math 27 January 2020

Puns. Ah yes the puns.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 30 October 2021

Excellentn brevity by the Classic Great Poet Matsuo Basho.5 Stars fullest

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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

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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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Matsuo Basho

Iga Province / Japan
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