Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

Autumn Moonlight - Poem by Matsuo Basho

Autumn moonlight--
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.


Translated by Robert Hass

Form: Haiku


Comments about Autumn Moonlight by Matsuo Basho

  • Mahtab Bangalee (7/1/2019 5:50:00 AM)

    active hand
    can do
    anything
    even in thin opportunity.....///
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  • (11/27/2016 7:09:00 PM)

    (Autumn Moonlight by Matsuo Basho.) **A beautiful picture. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/4/2015 4:14:00 PM)

    nine words and we've got a video.. haiku jewel! (Report)Reply

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  • Susan Williams (10/2/2015 3:22:00 PM)

    no wonder he is recognized as a master of haiku. IOt takes him only nine words and three lines of simple words to recreate a scene in nature (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (10/2/2015 7:15:00 AM)

    Nice micro poem on hibernation to overcome winter time! (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (10/2/2015 5:21:00 AM)

    An ethereal scene created through these lovely nine words that unveil the beauty of nature. Just wonderful. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/2/2015 2:04:00 AM)

    Brilliant haiku! Thanks for choosing (Report)Reply

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  • (10/2/2015 1:04:00 AM)

    Nice comparison, moonbeam piercing the silent tress and so does the worm. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/18/2012 9:25:00 PM)

    This one is a favorite... like the space between two breaths. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/20/2009 5:10:00 PM)

    reading Basho
    I felt my self a traveler
    too
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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