The Old Pond by Matsuo Bashõ

An old silent pond…

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.

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Matsuo Bashō (, 1644 – November 28, 1694), born Matsuo Kinsaku, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as the greatest master of haiku (then called hokku). Bashō was introduced to poetry young, and after integrating himself into the intellectual scene of Edo (modern Tokyo) he quickly became well known throughout Japan. He made a living as a teacher; but then renounced the social, urban life of the literary circles and was inclined to wander throughout the country, heading west, east, and far into the northern wilderness to gain inspiration for his writing. His poems were influenced by his firsthand experience of the world around him, often encapsulating the feeling of a scene in a few simple elements.

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Definition: Haiku is a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.

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Because of his simple influences, Bashõ’s haiku “The Old Pond” is very simple. At first, the pond is still soon to be disturbed until it resumes its original behavior. This concept can be applied in many aspects of life.


This is a picture of Mahatma Gandhi who was known for simplicity. Haiku’s are simple, down to earth poems mostly about nature.

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