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Best Famous Matsuo Basho Poems

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Written by Matsuo Basho |

First winter rain

 First winter rain--
even the monkey
 seems to want a raincoat.

Written by Matsuo Basho |

The old pond

 Following are several translations
of the 'Old Pond' poem, which may be
the most famous of all haiku:

Furuike ya 
kawazu tobikomu 
mizu no oto

 -- Basho

Literal Translation

Fu-ru (old) i-ke (pond) ya, 
ka-wa-zu (frog) to-bi-ko-mu (jumping into) 
mi-zu (water) no o-to (sound)

 The old pond--
a frog jumps in,
 sound of water.
Translated by Robert Hass Old pond.
a frog jumps in water's sound.
Translated by William J.
Higginson An old silent pond.
A frog jumps into the pond, splash! Silence again.
Translated by Harry Behn There is the old pond! Lo, into it jumps a frog: hark, water's music! Translated by John Bryan The silent old pond a mirror of ancient calm, a frog-leaps-in splash.
Translated by Dion O'Donnol old pond frog leaping splash Translated by Cid Corman Antic pond-- frantic frog jumps in-- gigantic sound.
Translated by Bernard Lionel Einbond MAFIA HIT MAN POET: NOTE FOUND PINNED TO LAPEL OF DROWNED VICTIM'S DOUBLE-BREASTED SUIT!!! 'Dere wasa dis frogg Gone jumpa offa da logg Now he inna bogg.
' -- Anonymous Translated by George M.
Young, Jr.
Old pond leap -- splash a frog.
Translated by Lucien Stryck The old pond, A frog jumps in:.
Plop! Translated by Allan Watts The old pond, yes, and A frog is jumping into The water, and splash.
Translated by G.

Written by Matsuo Basho |

A cool fall night

 At a hermitage:

 A cool fall night--
getting dinner, we peeled
 eggplants, cucumbers.

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Written by Matsuo Basho |

In the twilight rain

In the twilight rain
these brilliant-hued hibiscus . . .
A lovely sunset

Written by Matsuo Basho |

A caterpillar

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

Written by Matsuo Basho |

A bee

 A bee
staggers out
 of the peony.

Written by Matsuo Basho |

From time to time

From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders.

Written by Matsuo Basho |

Coolness of the melons

 Coolness of the melons
flecked with mud
 in the morning dew.

Written by Matsuo Basho |

The oak tree

 The oak tree:
not interested
 in cherry blossoms.

Written by Matsuo Basho |

Cold night: the wild duck

 Cold night: the wild duck,
sick, falls from the sky
 and sleeps awhile.

Written by Matsuo Basho |

In the cicada's cry

In the cicada's cry
No sign can foretell
How soon it must die. 

Written by Matsuo Basho |


the cicada's cry
 drills into the rocks.

Written by Matsuo Basho |

Teeth sensitive to the sand

 Teeth sensitive to the sand
in salad greens--
 I'm getting old.

Written by Matsuo Basho |

Dont imitate me

 Don't imitate me;
it's as boring
 as the two halves of a melon.

Written by Matsuo Basho |

First day of spring

 First day of spring--
I keep thinking about
 the end of autumn.