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• Women in Basho
• Introduction to this site
• The Human Story:
• Praise for Women
• Love and Sex in Basho
• Children and Teens
• Humanity and Friendship
• On Translating Basho
• Basho Himself
• Poetry and Music
• The Physical Body
• Food, Drink, and Fire
• Animals in Basho
• Space and Time
• Letters Year by Year
• Bilingual Basho 日本語も
• 芭蕉について日本語の論文
• Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句
• BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)
• New Articles


Matsuo Basho 1644~1694

The only substantial
collection in English
of Basho's renku, tanka,
letters and spoken word
along with his haiku, travel
journals, and essays.

The only poet in old-time
literature who paid attention with praise
to ordinary women, children, and teenagers
in hundreds of poems

Hundreds upon hundreds of Basho works
(mostly renku)about women, children,
teenagers, friendship, compassion, love.

These are resources we can use to better
understand ourselves and humanity.

Interesting and heartfelt
(not scholarly and boring)
for anyone concerned with
humanity.


“An astonishing range of
social subject matter and
compassionate intuition”


"The primordial power
of the feminine emanating
from Basho's poetry"


Hopeful, life-affirming
messages from one of
the greatest minds ever.

Through his letters,
we travel through his mind
and discover Basho's
gentleness and humanity.

I plead for your help in
finding a person or group
to take over my 3000 pages of Basho material,
to edit and improve the material, to receive 100%
of royalties, to spread Basho’s wisdom worldwide
and preserve for future generations.

Quotations from Basho Prose


The days and months are
guests passing through eternity.
The years that go by
also are travelers.



The mountains in silence
nurture the spirit;
the water with movement
calms the emotions.


All the more joyful,
all the more caring


Seek not the traces
of the ancients;
seek rather the
places they sought.



Basho Spoken Word


Only this, apply your heart
to what children do


"The attachment to Oldness
is the very worst disease
a poet can have."


“The skillful have a disease;
let a three-foot child
get the poem"


"Be sick and tired
of yesterday’s self."


"This is the path of a fresh
lively taste with aliveness
in both heart and words."
.

"In poetry is a realm
which cannot be taught.
You must pass through it
yourself. Some poets have made
no effort to pass through, merely
counting things and trying
to remember them.
There was no passing
through the things."


"In verses of other poets,
there is too much making
and the heart’s
immediacy is lost.
What is made from
the heart is good;
the product of words
shall not be preferred."


"We can live without poetry,
yet without harmonizing
with the world’s feeling
and passing not through
human feeling, a person
cannot be fulfilled. Also,
without good friends,
this would be difficult."


"Poetry benefits
from the realization
of ordinary words."


"Many of my followers
write haiku equal to mine,
however in renku is the
bone marrow of this old man."


"Your following stanza
should suit the previous one as an expression
of the same heart's connection."


"Link verses the way
children play."


"Make renku
ride the Energy.
Get the timing wrong,
you ruin the rhythm."


"The physical form
first of all must be graceful
then a musical quality
makes a superior verse."

"As the years passed
by to half a century.
asleep I hovered
among morning clouds
and evening dusk,
awake I was astonished
at the voices of mountain
streams and wild birds."


“These flies sure enjoy
having an unexpected
sick person.”



Haiku of Humanity


Drunk on sake
woman wearing haori
puts in a sword


Night in spring
one hidden in mystery
temple corner


Wrapping rice cake
with one hands she tucks
hair behind ear


On Life's journey
plowing a small field
going and returning


Child of poverty
hulling rice, pauses to
look at the moon


Tone so clear
the Big Dipper resounds
her mallet


Huddling
under the futon, cold
horrible night


Jar cracks
with the ice at night
awakening



Basho Renku
Masterpieces

With her needle
in autumn she manages
to make ends meet
Daughter playing koto
reaches age seven


After the years
of grieving. . . finally
past eighteen
Day and night dreams of
Father in that battle


Now to this brothel
my body has been sold
Can I trust you
with a letter I wrote,
mirror polisher?


Only my face
by rice-seedling mud
is not soiled
Breastfeeding on my lap
what dreams do you see?



Single renku stanzas


Giving birth to
love in the world, she
adorns herself



Autumn wind
saying not a word
child in tears


Among women
one allowed to lead
them in chorus


Easing in
her slender forearm
for his pillow


Two death poems:


On a journey taken ill
dreams on withered fields
wander about

Clear cascade -
into the ripples fall
green pine needles




basho4humanity
@gmail.com




Plea for Affiliation

 

Plea For Affiliation

 

I pray for your help

in finding someone
individual, university,

or foundation - 
to take over my

3000 pages of material,   
to cooperate with me 

to edit the material,
to receive all royalties 

from sales, to spread

Basho’s wisdom worldwide,
and preserve for

future generations.


basho4humanity

@gmail.com

 



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Shizuka and Emilia (Renku)

静御前とエミリア – Shizuka Gozen to Emilia

Legend:
Words of Basho in bold
Words of other poets not bold

Beneath her eyelids /overflow the stars /Forced to stand /against her will, she dances / so delicately

まぶたに星の / こばれかかれる /引き立て / むりに舞する / たおやかさ 

 

 

Beneath her eyelids
overflow the stars

Forced to stand
against her will, she dances
so delicately

 

芭蕉連句全注解、9巻 p。195―6

 

32             まぶたに星のこばれかかれる           莧

                      涙に星の光が映っている姿である。

33           引き立てむりに舞するたおやかさ       芭蕉

強いて連れて来て嫌というのを無理に一曲舞奏でさせるに さすがに女身のしなやかさが艶にこぼれるばかり。

前句をこらえた涙の風性とみて、静御前など舞の俤をつけた。

 

The Shogun Yoritomo sent warriors to kill his younger brother Yoshitsune, but they could not find him, so instead they took Yoshitsune’s mistress, the dancing girl Shizuka, and brought her to Kamakura to dance for the arrogant Shogun.

 

In the first stanza, starlight shines from Shizuka’s tears as she struggles to hold them back in defiance of that bastard Yoritomo. Basho continues with a remarkably active, motionful stanza. Yoritomo roughly yanks Shizuka to a stance and demands that she renounce her love for Yoshitsune. Yoritomo holds all the power and she a pawn. but then Shizuka mocks him by dancing superbly, showing him that his violence did not upset her spirit one whit, and along with her dance, she dares to sing of her love for Yoshitsune, which infuriates Yoritomo so wants to kill her. She stands up to his patriarchy, dancing for love, dancing for the dignity of women. Shizuka’s confrontation of Yoritomo brings to mind Emilia, in Shakespeare’s Othello, boldly accusing her husband Iago of deceiving Othello.


Iago.          What, are you mad? I charge you, get you home.
Emilia.       'Tis proper I obey him, but not now.
                   Perchance, Iago, I will ne'er go home.
         

She realizes her insistence on telling the truth can only lead to him killing her; she could forswear the truth and stay alive, but she presses onward with stupendous moral courage until Iago stabs her and runs away. She dies, honoring the truth. May the female power, the adherence to the truth, in these images of Shizuka and Emilia be resources for you today to empower yourselves.

 

まぶたに星の
こぽばれかかれる

引き立て
むりに舞する
たおやかさ

 

将軍頼朝は彼の弟の義経を殺そうと兵を送ったが見つけ出せなかった。 しかし、代わりに頼朝の妾、白拍子の静御前を捕らえて鎌倉へ連れて行き、 傲慢な将軍の前で舞を舞わせようとしていたひどい頼朝に反抗を示して、ぐっとこらえる静御前の目には涙が光っている。 芭蕉はとても生き生きとした動きのある句をつけた。頼朝は荒っぽく静御前を ぐいと立たせて、義経への愛を捨てさせようとしている。芭蕉は頼朝に権力を すべて持たせて、静御前を人質として描き始める。しかし、静は見事に舞を舞ってみせ、暴力をもってしてもその心が少しも惑わされることがないと示し、舞いながらあえて義経への愛を唄った。それは頼朝を激怒させ、殺させたくなるのだ。彼女は女性の尊厳と愛のために踊り、頼朝の家父長制的力の前に立ち上がったのだ。御前と頼朝との対立は、シェイクスピアのオセロの中で、オセロを欺く夫イアーゴーを大胆に非難する妻のエミリアを思い起こさせる。


イアゴ             何だ、気が狂ったか、おい、家に帰れ。
エミリア         夫の命令に従うのが妻の勤めですが、
                   今は違います。 わたしは絶対家には帰りません。

 

エミリアは真実を告げるその主張が、イアーゴーが彼女を殺すことになるに つながると分かっている。彼女は真実を偽って生き続けることもできたはずだが 大きな道徳上の勇気を持って、イアーゴーが彼女を指して逃げるまで押し進むのだ。エミリアは真実の栄光とともに死ぬことになる。 静御前やエミリアの女性力と 真実の遵守が今日の女性たちのエンパワーメントのための資料になりえるだろう。

 

 

I request your assistance in getting out the word on the warm affectionate Basho who wrote

hundreds of poems about women and children, about friendship, love, and compassion;

hundreds of Basho works few people know, yet the most pro-female, child-centered,

and life-affirming works ever written?

 

女性とこどもたち、友情や恋や同情にかんして、何百もの句を残した 心温かい芭蕉にについて何でもいいので、感想を聞かせてください。 芭蕉のほとんど知られていない何百の作品こそ、最高の女性の味方、 子ども目線、そして、人生の応援歌では?

 

basho4humanity.com 






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I plead for your help in finding a person or group to take over my 3000 pages of Basho material, to edit and improve the presentation, to receive all royalties from sales, to spread Basho’s wisdom worldwide and preserve for future generations.

 

basho4humanity@gmail.com
Basho's thoughts on...
• Women in Basho
• Introduction to this site
• The Human Story:
• Praise for Women
• Love and Sex in Basho
• Children and Teens
• Humanity and Friendship
• On Translating Basho
• Basho Himself
• Poetry and Music
• The Physical Body
• Food, Drink, and Fire
• Animals in Basho
• Space and Time
• Letters Year by Year
• Bilingual Basho 日本語も
• 芭蕉について日本語の論文
• Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句
• BAMHAY (Basho Amazes Me! How About You?)
• New Articles


Matsuo Basho 1644~1694

The only substantial
collection in English
of Basho's renku, tanka,
letters and spoken word
along with his haiku, travel
journals, and essays.

The only poet in old-time
literature who paid attention with praise
to ordinary women, children, and teenagers
in hundreds of poems

Hundreds upon hundreds of Basho works
(mostly renku)about women, children,
teenagers, friendship, compassion, love.

These are resources we can use to better
understand ourselves and humanity.

Interesting and heartfelt
(not scholarly and boring)
for anyone concerned with
humanity.


“An astonishing range of
social subject matter and
compassionate intuition”


"The primordial power
of the feminine emanating
from Basho's poetry"


Hopeful, life-affirming
messages from one of
the greatest minds ever.

Through his letters,
we travel through his mind
and discover Basho's
gentleness and humanity.

I plead for your help in
finding a person or group
to take over my 3000 pages of Basho material,
to edit and improve the material, to receive 100%
of royalties, to spread Basho’s wisdom worldwide
and preserve for future generations.

Quotations from Basho Prose


The days and months are
guests passing through eternity.
The years that go by
also are travelers.



The mountains in silence
nurture the spirit;
the water with movement
calms the emotions.


All the more joyful,
all the more caring


Seek not the traces
of the ancients;
seek rather the
places they sought.



Basho Spoken Word


Only this, apply your heart
to what children do


"The attachment to Oldness
is the very worst disease
a poet can have."


“The skillful have a disease;
let a three-foot child
get the poem"


"Be sick and tired
of yesterday’s self."


"This is the path of a fresh
lively taste with aliveness
in both heart and words."
.

"In poetry is a realm
which cannot be taught.
You must pass through it
yourself. Some poets have made
no effort to pass through, merely
counting things and trying
to remember them.
There was no passing
through the things."


"In verses of other poets,
there is too much making
and the heart’s
immediacy is lost.
What is made from
the heart is good;
the product of words
shall not be preferred."


"We can live without poetry,
yet without harmonizing
with the world’s feeling
and passing not through
human feeling, a person
cannot be fulfilled. Also,
without good friends,
this would be difficult."


"Poetry benefits
from the realization
of ordinary words."


"Many of my followers
write haiku equal to mine,
however in renku is the
bone marrow of this old man."


"Your following stanza
should suit the previous one as an expression
of the same heart's connection."


"Link verses the way
children play."


"Make renku
ride the Energy.
Get the timing wrong,
you ruin the rhythm."


"The physical form
first of all must be graceful
then a musical quality
makes a superior verse."

"As the years passed
by to half a century.
asleep I hovered
among morning clouds
and evening dusk,
awake I was astonished
at the voices of mountain
streams and wild birds."


“These flies sure enjoy
having an unexpected
sick person.”



Haiku of Humanity


Drunk on sake
woman wearing haori
puts in a sword


Night in spring
one hidden in mystery
temple corner


Wrapping rice cake
with one hands she tucks
hair behind ear


On Life's journey
plowing a small field
going and returning


Child of poverty
hulling rice, pauses to
look at the moon


Tone so clear
the Big Dipper resounds
her mallet


Huddling
under the futon, cold
horrible night


Jar cracks
with the ice at night
awakening



Basho Renku
Masterpieces

With her needle
in autumn she manages
to make ends meet
Daughter playing koto
reaches age seven


After the years
of grieving. . . finally
past eighteen
Day and night dreams of
Father in that battle


Now to this brothel
my body has been sold
Can I trust you
with a letter I wrote,
mirror polisher?


Only my face
by rice-seedling mud
is not soiled
Breastfeeding on my lap
what dreams do you see?



Single renku stanzas


Giving birth to
love in the world, she
adorns herself



Autumn wind
saying not a word
child in tears


Among women
one allowed to lead
them in chorus


Easing in
her slender forearm
for his pillow


Two death poems:


On a journey taken ill
dreams on withered fields
wander about

Clear cascade -
into the ripples fall
green pine needles




basho4humanity
@gmail.com




Plea for Affiliation

 

Plea For Affiliation

 

I pray for your help

in finding someone
individual, university,

or foundation - 
to take over my

3000 pages of material,   
to cooperate with me 

to edit the material,
to receive all royalties 

from sales, to spread

Basho’s wisdom worldwide,
and preserve for

future generations.


basho4humanity

@gmail.com