Who is Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694), born 松尾 金作, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa (松尾 忠右衛門 宗房), was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku (then called hokku). Matsuo Bashō's poetry is internationally renowned; and, in Japan, many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites. Although Bashō is justifiably famous in the West for his hokku, he himself believed his best work lay in leading and participating in renku. He is quoted as saying, "Many of my followers can write hokku as well as I can. Where I show who I really am is in link...
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Matsuo Basho Poems

  • Autumn Moonlight
    Autumn moonlight--
    a worm digs silently
    into the chestnut.
    ...
  • Winter Solitude
    Winter solitude--
    in a world of one color
    the sound of wind.
    ...
  • With Every Gust Of Wind
    With every gust of wind,
    the butterfly changes its place
    on the willow.
    ...
  • The Shallows
    The shallows â??
    a craneâ??s thighs splashed
    in cool waves
    ...
  • Haiku
    scent of plum blossoms
    on the misty mountain path
    a big rising sun
    ...
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Winter 12 Autumn 11 Rain 9 Moon 9 Morning 8 Cold 6 Wind 5 Snow 5 World 5 Butterfly 5


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  • Wadebward: “ do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. seek what they sought. ” ― matsuo basho
  • Alamashraf: on a withered branch, a haiku by matsuo basho, eng. by, donald keene and bengali by ashraf ul alam shikder.
  • Dealbi: winter solitude: in a world of one colour...the sound of the wind... (matsuo basho)
  • Jdlesses: “the temple bell stops but the sound keeps coming out of the flowers” ~matsuo bashō
  • Giupegiupe: le nubi di tanto in tanto ci danno riposo mentre guardiamo la luna clouds come from time to time and bring to men a chance to rest from looking at the moon quote matsuo basho artwork rené magritte
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Oh, yet we trust that somehow good
Will be the final end of ill,
To pangs of nature, sins of will,
Defects of doubt, and taints of blood;
That nothing walks with aimless feet;
That not one life shall be destroy'd,
Or cast as rubbish to the void,
When God hath made the pile complete;
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