Best 10 famous Matsuo Basho’s haiku poems in Japanese and English

Learn the meaning of Matsuo Basho’s famous haiku poems

Matsuo Basho on the way of Oku-no-Hosomichi with Sora

Matsuo Basho(left) on the way of Oku-no-Hosomichi with Sora(right)

Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) made about 1000 haiku poems in his lifetime with the jouney around Japan. His writing “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” is the most famous haiku collection in Japan. 

 

Among them, I would like to introduce you the 10 famous examples of his works including about “old pond and frog”, “cicada” and his death poem(“sick on a journey”). The haiku poems are shown in original Japanese 5-7-7 syllables, and translated to English three lines style to realize the meaning.

 

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2 thoughts on “Best 10 famous Matsuo Basho’s haiku poems in Japanese and English

  • The haiku poems are shown in original Japanese 5-7-7 syllables, and translated to English three lines style to realize the meaning.

    your mistake
    5-7-5 haiku

    • Thank you for leaving a comment!

      As you look into, the number of the syllables of the haiku poem is seventeen not nighnteen, because that was originally the upper part (上の句, kami-no ku) of tanka poems (5-7-5-7-7). In more detail, the haiku was the first upper part of “haikai” funny linked poem (starting from 5-7-5-7-7).

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