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 Ten sections contains 380 Basho stanzas along with stanzas by other poets that compliment his visions of humanity; given chronologically so we travel with Basho through 30 years of his adult life ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-01

Basho Renku Section 2 "It would be good for you to see from practice that your following stanza suits the previous one as an expression of the same heart’s connection."   ある付句に前句を添えて、同じ付心が表現 できるような訓練 ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-02

Basho Renku Section 3 Basho's following stanzas illustrate his spoken words: "Make linked verse ride the Energy;   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   Ha ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-03

Basho Renku Section 4 The renku are selected from the Complete Basho Renku Anthology, and presented in chronological order, so we travel with Basho through the years from his age 41 to 43.     Peony ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-04

Basho Renku Section 5 Basho began the lunar year of 1688 in his hometown Iga, traveled through spring, summer and fall; he spent winter and spring in Edo, then left with Sora on their journey to the Deep North.  &nbs ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-05

Basho Renku Section 6 Volume 6 of the BRZ begins with Basho and Sora just past their visit to the hilltop where the hero Yoshitsune died; here in Obanazawa (now Yamagata-ken) with local followers  they composed a ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-06

Basho Renku Section 7 Basho said ”The following stanza fits in with the previous one,  and along with that, it stands out to the eyes to make the stanza lively.”   付け句は「前句にはまりてつけたるなり。その中 ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-07

Basho Renku Section 8 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   Basho says stay away from difficult and confusing words and grammar. Use ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-08

Basho Renku Section 9 "In renku is a realm which cannot be taught. You must pass through it yourself. Some poets make no effort to pass through, merely counting things and trying to remember without pas ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-09

Basho Renku Section 10 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 from summer and autumn of 1694,  undat ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-10

Verses Only: Renku 1 Once you have absorbed the commentaries, you may enjoy reading the verses by themselves; when in doubt go to section 1A        Papier-mache bald, butshe will not throw away -To ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-11

Verses Only: Renku 2 "It would be good for you to see from practice that your following stanza suits the previous one as an expression of the same heart’s connection."   Basho told Doho, with remark ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-12

Verses Only: Renku 3 "Make renku ride the Energy; chime in incorrectly, you ruin the rhythm."   With each following stanza Basho illustrates how to ride the energy of the previous stanza without ruin ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-13

Verses Only: Renku 4 "A stanza elaborately constructed is useless."  一句細工に仕立て候事、不用そうろう事  Ikku saiku ni shitate sōrō koto, fuyō ni sōrō koto   To Basho, an “elaborately const ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-14

Verses Only: Renku 5 Basho said               In renku, have a three-foot child get the link. A three-foot tall child would be age 5 or 6.  Children have the clarity of mind ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-15

Verses Only: Renku 6 Without a sense for ordinary words as precious, you will get mixed up in an old style.  俗語の遣やう風流なくて、又古風にまぎれ候事               Mountains are burned    ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-16

Verses Only: Renku 7 The following stanza fits in with the previous one, and along with that, it stands out to the eyes,making the verse lively. While scholars say Basho’s poetry was “dominated by subdued, ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-17

Verses Only: Renku 8 Renku benefits from the realization of ordinary words.     First of all, the physical form must be gracefulThen a musical quality makes a superior verse       -------- ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-18

Verses Only: Renku 9 No stars could be seen on that fateful night Empty stomachs                                      &nb ...
▶ Basho Renku, 芭蕉連句   K-19

Verses Only: Renku 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.   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