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Bashō Matsuo

Birthdate: 1644
Date of death: 28. November 1694

Matsuo Bashō , born 松尾 金作, 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 . Matsuo Bashō's poetry is internationally renowned; and, in Japan, many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites. Although Bashō is justifiably famous in the West for his hokku, he himself believed his best work lay in leading and participating in renku. He is quoted as saying, "Many of my followers can write hokku as well as I can. Where I show who I really am is in linking haikai verses."Bashō was introduced to poetry at a young age, and after integrating himself into the intellectual scene of Edo 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.

Works

Oku no Hosomichi
Oku no Hosomichi
Bashō Matsuo
Frog Poem
Bashō Matsuo

Quotes Bashō Matsuo

„kojin no ato wo motomezu,
kojin no motometaru no tokoro wo motome yo“

—  Bashō Matsuo

Seek not the paths of the ancients;
Seek that which the ancients sought.
from 「柴門の辞」"Words by a Brushwood Gate" (also translated as "The Rustic Gate") (Unknown translator)
Statements
Original: (ja) 古人の跡を求めず、
古人の求めたるの所を求めよ。

„Come, butterfly
It's late-
We've miles to go together.“

—  Bashō Matsuo

Source: On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho

„Who mourns makes grief his master.
Who drinks makes pleasure his master.“

—  Bashō Matsuo

Classical Japanese Database, Translation #41 http://carlsensei.com/classical/index.php/translation/view/41 of a Saga Diary excerpt (Translation: Robert Hass)
Statements
Context: It rains during the morning. No visitors today. I feel lonely and amuse myself by writing at random. These are the words:
Who mourns makes grief his master.
Who drinks makes pleasure his master.

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„Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.“

—  Bashō Matsuo, book Oku no Hosomichi

Matsuo Bashō, Narrow Road to the Interior and other writings, Boston, 2000, p. 3 (Translation: Sam Hamill)
Oku no Hosomichi
Variant: The journey itself is my home.

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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