Basho's thoughts on...
• 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
• Women in Basho
• 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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Basho Renku Section 1 A Stanzas from renku sequences Basho participated in from 1665 to 1678 in chronological sequence.  日本語 and Romanization enable students of Japanese to learn from Basho   This is t ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-01

Basho Renku Section 2 A   From volume 2 of the Basho Renku Zenchuukai Renku written between 1678 and 1681 日本語もRomanization given For commentaries, see Section 2 B Selection, Translations by Jeff Robbins   Wo ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-02

Basho Renku Section 3 A From volume 3 of the Basho Renku Zenchuukai Renku between 1682 and 1685. With Japanese and Romanization For commentaries, see Section 3 B Selected and Translated by Jeff Robbins   Basho&rsq ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-03

Basho Renku Section 4 A Renku between 1685 and 1687. With Japanese and Romanization For commentaries see Section 4 B Selected and translated by Jeff Robbins   Words of Basho in bold Words of other poets not bold ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-04

Basho Renku Section 5 A Renku of 1688 and the first half of 1689 With Japanese and Romanization For commentaries see section 5 B   By moonlightmy poor mother at workbeside the window -- She would hide fingers       ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-05

Basho Renku Section 6 A Renku from the second half of 1689 With commentaries to every link For Japanese and Romanization see Section 6 A     Mountains are burned            &n ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-06

Basho Renku Section 7 A Renku of 1690 and 1691. The following stanza fits in with the previous one,and along with that, it stands out to the eyes,making the stanza lively.   付け句は「前句にはまりてつけたるなり。 その中の事を目に立てて、いはたる句なり ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-07

Basho Renku Section 8 A Renku from 1692 and part of 1693: Renku benefits from the realization of ordinary words   俳諧の益は俗語を正すなりHaikai no eki wa zokugo o tadasu nari     First of all, the physical f ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-08

Basho Renku Section 9 A  Renku of late 1693 to the summer of 1694, with Japanese and Romanization. For commentaries, see Section 9 B   In renku is a realm which cannot be taught.You must pass through it yourself. ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-09

Basho Renku Section 10 + Renku of summer 1694 to early winter death. Basho’s final renku, 8 undated pairs he composed by himself, 4 authorship-doubtful renku, and 2 pairs I found in another book.Volume 10 has renku fr ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-10

Basho Renku Section 1 B Renku written from 1665 to 1678 when Basho was age 20 to 33;  commentaries to each link are written not for literary specialists but for anybody concerned with humanity This is the first ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-11

Basho Renku Section 2 B Renku written between 1678 and 1681, With commentaries for every link. For Japanese and Romanization see Section 2 A   Basho told his follower Doho, with remarkable clarity and succinctne ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-12

Basho Renku Section 3 B Basho told Doho: Make renku ride the Energy.If you chime in incorrectly, you ruin the rhythm.   俳諧は気に乗せてすべし 相槌あしく拍子をそこなう Haikai wa ki ni nosete subeshi Aizuchi ashiku hyoushi o sokonau &nb ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-13

Basho Renku Volume 4 B Renku between 1685 and 1687, with commentaries to every link For Japanese and Romanization see Section 4 A   As a bee crawls out                  & ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-14

Basho Renku Section 5 B Renku of 1688 and the first half of 1689 With Commentaries to each link For Japanese and Romanization see Section 5 A   By moonlightmy poor mother at workbeside the window - She would hide f ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-15

Basho Renku Section 6 B Renku from the second half of 1689 With commentaries to every link For Japanese and Romanization see Section 6 A     Mountains are burned              ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-16

Basho Renku Section 7 B Renku of 1690 and 1691.  Basho explains his technique for linking:    The following stanza fits in with the previous one,and along with that, it stands out to the eyes,making the ver ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-17

Basho Renku Section 8 B Renku from 1692 and part of 1693 With Commentaries to each link For Japanese and Romanization see Section 8 A.   Basho stayed in a rental house in Edo for the first part of 1692, and then mov ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-18

Basho Renku Section 9 B No stars could be seen on that fateful night Empty stomachs                         9: 11especially in battle are decisive   Th ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-19

Basho Renku Section 10 + B Renku of summer 1694 to early winter death;  Basho’s final renku, 8 undated pairs he composed by himself, 4 authorship-doubtful renku, and 2 pairs I found in another book.   Fa ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-20


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Basho's thoughts on...
• 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
• Women in Basho
• 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