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Best Famous Matsuo Basho Poems

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In the twilight rain

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

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

 First winter rain--
even the monkey
 seems to want a raincoat.
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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.
S.
Fraser
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Autumn moonlight

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

 A bee
staggers out
 of the peony.
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An old silent pond..

An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again. 
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Four Haiku

 Spring:
A hill without a name
Veiled in morning mist.
The beginning of autumn: Sea and emerald paddy Both the same green.
The winds of autumn Blow: yet still green The chestnut husks.
A flash of lightning: Into the gloom Goes the heron's cry.
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In the cicada's cry

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

 The dragonfly
can't quite land
 on that blade of grass.
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A caterpillar

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

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

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

 First snow
falling
 on the half-finished bridge.
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A snowy morning

 A snowy morning--
by myself,
 chewing on dried salmon.