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Famous Haiku Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Haiku poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous haiku poems. These examples illustrate what a famous haiku poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Basho, Matsuo
In the twilight rain
these brilliant-hued hibiscus . . .
A lovely sunset...Read More



by Basho, Matsuo
From time to time
The clouds give rest
To the moon-beholders....Read More

by Kerouac, Jack
 The taste
 of rain
—Why kneel?...Read More

by Pinsky, Robert
 to Robert Hass and in memory of Elliot Gilbert


Slow dulcimer, gavotte and bow, in autumn,
Bashõ and his friends go out to view the moon;
In summer, gasoline rainbow in the...Read More

by Basho, Matsuo
 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,...Read More



by Kerouac, Jack
 Birds singing
 in the dark
—Rainy dawn....Read More

by Kerouac, Jack
 The low yellow
 moon above the
Quiet lamplit house...Read More

by Xavier, Emanuel
 I want you to continue writing
because I will not always be around

With lips that will never touch mine
read your poems out loud
so that the words are left engraved 
on...Read More

by Basho, Matsuo
An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again. ...Read More

by Tebb, Barry
 At ten she came to me, three years ago,

There was ‘something between us’ even then;

Watching her write like Eliot every day,

Turn prose into haiku in ten minutes flat,

Write a...Read More

by Collins, Billy
 Today I pass the time reading
a favorite haiku,
saying the few words over and over.

It feels like eating
the same small, perfect grape
again and again.

I walk through the house reciting it
and...Read More

by Brautigan, Richard
 a novel by Richard Brautigan


 THE COVER FOR

 TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA



The cover for Trout Fishing in America is a photograph taken

late in the afternoon, a photograph of the...Read More

by Shiki, Masaoka
Toward those short trees
We saw a hawk descending
On a day in spring...Read More

by Ginsberg, Allen
 Drinking my tea
Without sugar-
 No difference.

The sparrow shits
 upside down
--ah! my brain & eggs

Mayan head in a
Pacific driftwood bole
--Someday I'll live in N.Y.

Looking over my shoulder
my behind was covered
with...Read More

by Soseki, Natsume
Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow....Read More

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