Basho's thoughts on...
• Introduction to this site
• The Human Story: Basho
• Praise for Women
• Love and Sex in Basho
• Children and Teens
• Humanity and Friendship
• On Translating Basho
• Basho Himself
• Renku, Haiku, and Tanka
• The Physical Body
• Food, Drink, and Fire
• Animals in Basho
• Space and Time for Basho
• Basho Letters Year by Year
• Bilingual Basho 日本語も
• 芭蕉について日本語の論文
• 370 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 women,
children, and teenagers

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 his
"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 Prose


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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Being a Baby – Commentaries for #s 1 - 20 These 20 studies of babyhood by Basho and co-poets are anthropology, records of the life and mind  of babies in olden Japan , and also records of the feeling one Japanese man had for babies. &nb ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-08

Age 3 to 7 Verses about the "childness" between ages 3 and 7, with Japanese and Romanized, plus commentaries to help you "apply your heart to what children do" through Basho's words.      &nbs ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-09

Age 7 to 12 Beginning with the transformation at age seven when Basho says the "face becomes clear," till the onset of puberty, kids discover the vastness of "what children do" in this world.    We be ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-10

Teenagers -- Commentaries to #s 71 - 105 Teenagers, find ways to use these verses as resources to understand yourselves and other teens.     Anthropologists, use them to expand your understanding of human growth.   Home ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-11

Prose, Letters, and Spoken Word about Children Here are ten kids Basho wrote about in haibun or letters: Kyokusui's son Takesuke, Uko's daughter Sai, an abandoned 2-year old, an 11 year old "Priest of the Road,"&nb ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-12

Journey with Grandnephew Basho's haiku, renku,  letters, and  spoken word about Jirobei, his traveling companion on this final journey, about the two girls left home,  and about children in general.&nb ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-13

Blessing unto Kasane Basho's haibun and tanka blessing a newborn baby girl he was asked to name; in my opinion, the tanka, SPRING PASSES BY, is his masterpiece, and the greatest work in Japanese literature.  &nb ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-14

Learning to Read with Basho 21 Basho haiku and 5 renku for beginning readers. Basho said,  Have a three-foot child get the poem,  so here are 28 Basho poems for first to third graders to “get.” ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-15

Abandoned Child Basho's compassionate account of the abandoned child he met in 1684 has been misunderstood so the compassion is lost.  In this article, I try to repair the damage done with a dose of reality. ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-16

Child and Teen Welfare Basho's renku and letters tell of his lifelong concern for the well-being of children and teenagers; he paid attention to children of all ages, and recorded their circumstances and behavior.  ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-17

Kids in Japanese Literature before Basho My thesis that Basho is the Poet of Children -- rather than the poet of old men -- can only be sustained by comparison with the children portrayed by authors and poets before Basho. In artic ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-18

Kids in Western Literature until Shakespeare Here are children and teenagers in the Odyssey and ancient Greek tragedies,  Canterbury Tales, and six plays by Shakespeare, along with comparable images from Basho. I have removed from the ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-19

Icons of the Child In article C-7 are 107 Basho visions of childhood.  In this article, however, I have selected just five Basho renku stanza-pairs and two single stanzas by Basho which penetrate to the depths ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-20

Teenage Girls Several dozen poems about adolescent girls by the 17th century Japanese poet Basho have been ignored by scholars and not translated, so almost nobody knows they exist. A few of them are haiku, but mos ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-21

Rub It Out! Rub It Out    Young Japanese today consider Basho “impersonal,” and “old-fashioned,” having no relevance to modern life, however here is a linked verse in whic ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-22

Child Neglect The crying child’s face is such a mess Renting a roomthey make no fireto boil rice   The parents do not wipe the snot off their kid’s face, so germs produce skin infection an ...
▶ Children and Teens   C-23

Hope Emerging Basho’s messages of Hope could inpsire millions of people worldwide, if only we could get rid of ideas that Basho was “impersonal, detached ... at times, cold-hearted, inhuman... ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-01

Joy and Fun  To overcome the reputation Basho has been given for being "impersonal, detached" and "serious and humorless" here are 25 examples of joy and fun in Dear Uncle Basho.   Drunk on the should ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-02

Dreams in Basho 1) images, ideas, emotions,  sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind asleep 2) a state of abstraction; a trance 3) a condition or achievement  longed for; aspiration, hope.& ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-03

Compassion in Basho 30 Basho items revealing his "compassonate intuition"  can be resources we use to discover and nourish compassion within ourselves.  Autumn wind / saying not a word / child in tears.&nb ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-04

Humanity Blossoms Every Basho haiku in this chapter, and at least one stanza in every renku, is about cherry blossoms – however in each case “cherry blossoms” means human life or death. He m ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-05

Laughing Along How can a writer so light-hearted and funny as Basho be judged as “serious, humorless” and “in a state of perpetual despondency”? Scholars unfamilar with his renku and haibun k ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-06

Six Close Friends “Contrary to his popular image, Basho was not a social recluse. Instead he constantly cultivated a community of disciples and poets with whom he engaged in poetic dialogue.”    ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-07

Letters to Ensui, Basho’s BFF Ensui was the poetry name of Basho's childhood friend and adult follower Soshira.  He was the oldest son in a family that owned a sake shop in their home town of Iga; the name of the sho ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-08

Sampu, patron and close friend Basho lived on the generosity of the wealthy merchant Sampu, three years younger, and the two had lots of fun together: some of Basho’s funniest works were written in connection with Sampu. ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-09

Sora: traveling companion Here  we learn of one of the greatest friendships ever recorded in world literature. Each item appears chronologically, so we travel with Basho and Sora through their time.   Sora was ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-10

One Fine Woman, Uko Of the women in Basho’s circle, Uko is the one for whom we have the most information and can draw the most  fascinating picture.  He wrote two tanka and one haiku to her, three le ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-11

Widow Chigetsu Chigetsu’s samurai husband was in charge at the Otsu post station of the delivery of important packages by horse. Because they had no son to inherit the household, they adopted Chigetsu’s ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-12

Madame Sonome Sonome ("Garden Women"), daughter of a priest and official at the Ise Shrine, married to an eye doctor, known for her beauty. The six verses by Sonome in this article, plus Basho's spoken word a ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-13

Letters to Kyorai Through Basho's letters to his beloved friend we travel through Basho's mind.  Kyorai was born in 1651, the second son of Mukai Genshou, a doctor of Chinese medicine in Nagasaki wher ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-14

The Life and Death of Chine Chine was the younger sister of  Kyorai; passages from Kyorai’s Ise Journal, including four poems of Chine, reveal the exuberance and playful heart of this young woman in Japan of old.  ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-15

Hospitality Here are Basho's poems about hospitality in Japanese women: the act, practice, or quality of being hospitable: entertaining guests in a friendly, generous manner.     We begi ...
▶ Humanity and Friendship   D-16

Syllables, Words, and Beats I aim to reproduce Basho's words in clear natural English with  a consistant rhythm of four beats to a measure (including silent pauses) and lots of empty space for your imagination to w ...
▶ On Translating Basho   D-17

Difficulties and Solutions in Translating Basho  Five areas I focus on: 1) Interpersonal messages 2) Realization of ordinary words 3) Lively, active verbs 4) Opposition and coherence 5) Syllables, beats, and a musical quality   Bac ...
▶ On Translating Basho   D-18

(Mis)translating Basho’s Humanity Jane Reichhold claims to have translated ALL of Basho’s haiku, however some of her “translations” contain blatant misreadings of Chinese characters and misunderstandings of Japanese ...
▶ On Translating Basho   D-19

Gentleness in One Basho Letter  For the letter you sent to Chigetsu you have made me grateful. Gentle your heart’s intention, returning again and again.Chigetsu also has said that feeling enters her.   Basho ...
▶ On Translating Basho   D-20

Challenging the Basho Image Basho in poetry searched for "a fresh novel taste that gives life in both heart and words" yet scholars say Basho was: “impersonal, detached, and objective” – &ld ...
▶ Basho Himself   E-01

20-year-old Basho Exploring Basho's youthful consciousness through the first renku sequence he participated in.   Haiku, in spite of their world-wide fame, are only a minor part of Basho’s poetry. The ...
▶ Basho Himself   E-02

Lightness (karumi)  Lightness shines in Basho poetry from his first renku stanza in 1665 till his final words spoken moments before he died in 1694; only from 1690 did he call his poetic ideal "Lightness."  &n ...
▶ Basho Himself   E-03

Chuang Tzu to Basho Whether or not the statements and parables in the ancient Chinese text Chuang Tzu were written by a man named Chuang Tzu, they had a profound effect on Basho 20 centuries later. We examine four areas ...
▶ Basho Himself   E-04

Friends in Zen Makoto Ueda says ”No record surviving today specifies when or where Basho practiced Zen.”   Western authors toss about the statement “Basho practiced Zen” w ...
▶ Basho Himself   E-05

Who was Basho? Basho, his infant name Kinsaku, was born in 1644 in Iga (east of Nara, southwest of Nagoya), preceded by a brother Hanzaemon and a sister and followed by three sisters, with only the last one's na ...
▶ Basho Himself   E-06

Basho Prose If Basho poems are snapshots of reality, then his prose is the video. The images flow along, like water, always pressing forward, light and active, full of specific verbs giving life to the sentence. ...
▶ Basho Himself   E-07

Basho Spoken Word 45 Passages of Basho Speech recorded by his followers reveal his thoughts about life and poetry.    On the Internet in English you will find various lists of “Basho quotations," ...
▶ Basho Himself   E-08

Five Final Haiku Each one fulfills a major theme of Basho poetry: 1) Praise for women 2)  for children 3) Caring for neighbors 4) Existential loneliness  5) Lightness and liveliness. ...
▶ Basho Himself   E-09

Dying with a Smile In his letters, we learn how Basho lived. Here we learn how he died: his final letter to his older brother, three sections from his will, two bits of speech in his last days,  ...
▶ Basho Himself   E-10

Basho on How to Write Haiku From his letters to followers and spoken word recorded by followers, I have culled 17 Basho statements on how to create a haiku, advice from the greatest of haiku poets to you writing haiku today. Thr ...
▶ Renku, Haiku, and Tanka   E-11

My First Renku Journeys This is the story of the first three renku stanzas – one single stanza and a stanza pair, all by Basho -- which six years go made the connections in my mind to draw me into the renku universe.&n ...
▶ Renku, Haiku, and Tanka   E-12

The Flow of Renku Renku in Basho4Humanity are mostly stana-pairs isolated from the long sequences in which they were written.  These quintets provide more of a flow yet still focus on the links. When ...
▶ Renku, Haiku, and Tanka   E-13

Boncho, Basho, Kyorai Among Basho’s circle in Kyoto two men stand out: his beloved friend Kyorai and Boncho, a doctor married to Uko. In 1690, Basho wrote a letter to her: Recently Old Boncho and Kyorai ...
▶ Renku, Haiku, and Tanka   E-14


51 - 100 of 258 : 1 2 3 4 5 6
Basho's thoughts on...
• Introduction to this site
• The Human Story: Basho
• Praise for Women
• Love and Sex in Basho
• Children and Teens
• Humanity and Friendship
• On Translating Basho
• Basho Himself
• Renku, Haiku, and Tanka
• The Physical Body
• Food, Drink, and Fire
• Animals in Basho
• Space and Time for Basho
• Basho Letters Year by Year
• Bilingual Basho 日本語も
• 芭蕉について日本語の論文
• 370 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 women,
children, and teenagers

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 his
"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 Prose


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