Winter Solitude Poem by Matsuo Basho

Winter Solitude

Rating: 3.5

Winter solitude--
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.

Translated by Robert Hass

Fabrizio Frosini 21 May 2016

about the 'qualities' of Japanese haiku, according to Blyth: '' It is not merely the brevity by which [the haiku] isolates a particular group of phenomena from all the rest; nor its suggestiveness, through which it reveals a whole world of experience. It is not only in its remarkable use of the season word, [..] Its peculiar quality is its self-effacing, self-annihilative nature, by which it enables us, more than any other form of literature, to grasp the thing-in-itself. ''

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Fabrizio Frosini 21 May 2016

so simple, so deep, so beautiful..

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Walterrean Salley 27 November 2016

(Winter Solitude by Matsuo Basho.) **Winter theme- the color of gray: it’s all about the cold and wind and seclusion, etc.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 26 September 2021

Throughout the years I have learned to read more shortest verses/poems which is called in the world of true poets HAIKU. So I have learned to APPRECIATE its containing. It's all HOW we wish to learn that.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 26 September 2021

A poem of great depth adorned with compelling imagery. Great brevity.

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yes 10 January 2021

guys is joe mama still relevant its 2021

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Jaskiran 15 January 2019

This is a bit weird

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Ruta Mohapatra 30 December 2017

How beautifully expressed!

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Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Basho

Iga Province / Japan
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