Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

A Caterpillar - Poem by Matsuo Basho

A caterpillar,
this deep in fall--
still not a butterfly.


Translated by Robert Hass


Comments about A Caterpillar by Matsuo Basho

  • (5/12/2019 10:03:00 PM)

    is this its gay im gonna kms (Report)Reply

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  • (6/30/2018 5:35:00 PM)

    The appropriateness of every stage of life is integral to the process. Regardless of its beauty that surrounds, the true beauty is in the flaw. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/26/2018 9:52:00 PM)

    Quiteeeeeëasdasdasdasdsadsa (Report)Reply

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  • (12/13/2016 10:59:00 AM)

    Excellent - Something is fishy and wrong. (Report)Reply

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  • (11/22/2016 7:21:00 PM)

    (A Caterpillar - Poem by Matsuo Basho.) **A flaw in nature; delayed process. Love the verse. (Report)Reply

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  • Michelle Claus (4/17/2014 6:33:00 PM)

    I'm still not a butterfly, either... still developing (Report)Reply

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  • (6/3/2008 5:19:00 PM)

    i hate this poem
    blah it
    (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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