Matsuo Basho

(1644 - 1694 / Iga Province / Japan)

Winter Solitude - Poem by Matsuo Basho

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


Translated by Robert Hass


Comments about Winter Solitude by Matsuo Basho

  • Ruta Mohapatra (12/30/2017 11:25:00 AM)


    How beautifully expressed! (Report) Reply

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  • (11/27/2016 7:36:00 PM)


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

  • Fabrizio Frosini (5/21/2016 1:23:00 PM)


    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 (5/21/2016 1:19:00 PM)


    so simple, so deep, so beautiful.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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