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The most discussed Basho haiku How would you translate it?

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)

my two cents

old pond

leaping frog

splash!    (alternatively ripples*)

*perhaps better from an imagist viewpoint!

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Date: 11/25/2019 10:39:00 AM
Hi Brian thanks for sharing this. well done
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Date: 11/25/2019 10:49:00 AM
Cheers Greg