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• Woman Central
• 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 Tsukeku 芭蕉付句
• 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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To Give Birth

産み出すために

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

 Rice seedlings sprout / for our trasured grass /to give birth / to love in the world / she adorns 

早苗 はじめて / 得し 寶 草 / 世の愛を / 産みけん人の / 御粧

 

 

Rice seedlings sprout 
for our trasured grass
To give birth 
to love in the world
she adorns

                Complete Basho Renku Interpretations, volume 3: 158

                              芭蕉連句全註解 3巻:158

 


           Sanae hajimete / eshi takara kusa .                        Jokō

12    早苗 はじめて / 得し 寶 草                         如行

 

苗床で種から早苗伸びって、普通の草みたいだけど、 アジアの主食になる遺伝が入っています


                Yo no ai o / umiken hito no / on-yosoi                  Bashō

13        世の愛を / 産みけん人 の / 御 粧             芭蕉

 

               前句の早苗を比喩的にとった、子宮の中に世間の慈愛を受ける子を妊娠して、 女の美しい姿を飾る。

 

In May, rice seeds from last year’s harvest are planted in nursery beds of fine soil, where sheltered from wind and rain, in 40 days they grow to 12 inches.  Basho transfers Joko’s image of rice seedlings in nursery bed to the fetus developing in the womb protected from the turbulence outside, then being born to receive love from the world. The two poets follow Lao Tzu's quotation:

            “to see a thing in the seed, that is genius.”

Just as Joko ‘sees’ the nutritious “treasured grass” in the ordinary-looking seedling, Basho seeks to ‘see’ the future person in the hidden fetus. As we explore the links Basho produced between the two stanzas – the links between the green of plants and beauty of woman, between ‘treasured grass’ and beloved child – we discover a consciousness of life which Basho developed in his renku, disappeared for 300 years, and re-emerged in modern writers, for instance childbirth educator Pamela S. Nadav who says:

    “There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in Creation.”


Through the genius of Basho’s links, woman merges with Earth, each making herself beautiful, for within her beauty is the power of regeneration, the power to nurture life. Basho praises women for adorning themselves. Unlike men who pay minimal attention to their appearance, women all over the world use makeup, clothing, jewelry, hair, bright colors, and patterns both subtle and bold, to produce beauty. The scholars concentrate on Basho’s austere and impersonal images – but Basho4Humanity explores the creative and inspiring female beauty Basho preferred. This single link may convince the world that within Basho poetry resides a power that could inspire a new reality to nurture and honor girls and women.

 

早苗 はじめて 
    得し 寶 草 
世の愛を 
    産みけん人 の 
         御 粧


5 月には、昨年の収穫からの稲の種子が特に細かい苗床に植えられます。 風雨から保護された土壌では、40 日で 12 インチの長さに成長します。 芭蕉は、如行の苗床の早苗のイメージを、胎内で外の乱気流から守られて 成長し、世の中の愛を受けて生まれてくる胎児に置き換える。老子の

       「もの事をその種のうちに見出すのが天才というものだ」

と引用に従って、 如行が平凡な早苗の中に未来の「宝草」を「見る」から、芭蕉は 隠された胎児の中に未来の人間を「見る」。二つの句の間に、植物の緑と女 性の美しさ、栄養の高い「宝草」と愛される赤ん坊、のリンクを見いだし、 芭蕉が連句で展開した生命意識は、300 年の時を経て、現代の作家たち、 たとえば出産教育家のパメラ・S・ナダヴの

        「クリエーションに参加できる のは、そんな特別な甘さがあります」

という言葉によって、その生命意識 は再び姿を現す。


芭蕉は、女性が自らを美しく飾ることを賞賛している。外見にあまり気を 遣わない男性と違い、世界中の女性は化粧、衣服、宝石、髪、明るい色、 繊細かつ大胆な模様などを使って美を演出している。学者たちは、芭蕉の わびさびと非人間的なイメージに集中している、しかし、Basho4Humanity は芭蕉が好んだ創造的で感動的な女性の美を探求している。この一つのリ ンクが、芭蕉の詩の中に、少女と女性を育み、尊重する新しい現実を鼓舞 する力があることを、世界に確信させるかもしれない。

 

Basho wrote hundreds of poems about women and children, about friendship, love, and compassion, possibly the most pro-female, child-centered, and life-affirming works in world literature.
女性と子供達、友人や愛や同情をかんじて、 何百もの句を残し心暖かい芭蕉を広く公開しましょう。最高の女性の味方、子供目線、そして人生の応援歌ではないでしょうか

 

For a menu of 300 Basho articles, see www.basho4humanity.com/topic-description.php?ID=1525955995


For the entire series of Bilingual Essays, see https://www.basho4humanity.com/topic-category.php?Cat=15


For “Letters from Basho” including translation of 60 letters, see https://www.basho4humanity.com/topic-category.php?Cat=14

 

For Basho’s ultimate masterpiece, the tanka SPRING PASSES BY, see https://www.basho4humanity.com/topic-description.php?ID=1525958016

 

Feedback will be greatly appreciated: I

 

Basho4humanity@gmail.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...

• Woman Central
• 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 Tsukeku 芭蕉付句
• 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