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Basho Matsuo

Here are three examples of the haiku of Basho Matsuo, the first great poet of ha
iku in the 1600s:
An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

Autumn moonlight
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.

Lightning flash
what I thought were faces
are plumes of pampas grass.

Yosa Buson
Three examples of the haiku of Yosa Buson from the late 1700s are offered here:
A summer river being crossed
how pleasing
with sandals in my hands!

Light of the moon


Moves west, flowers' shadows
Creep eastward.

In the moonlight,
The color and scent of the wisteria
Seems far away.
Kobayaski Issa
Here are three haiku from Kobayashi Issa, a haiku master poet from the late 1700
s and early 1800s:
O snail
Climb Mount Fuji,
But slowly, slowly!

Trusting the Buddha, good and bad,


I bid farewell
To the departing year.

Everything I touch
with tenderness, alas,
pricks like a bramble.
Natsume Soseki
Natsume Soseki lived from 1867 - 1916. He was a novelist and master of the haik
u. Here are a couple of examples of his poems:
Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.

The crow has flown away:


swaying in the evening sun,
a leafless tree.
Recent Poems
Following are some recent examples of haiku poems:
In the coolness
of the empty sixth-month sky...
the cuckoo s cry. - Masaoka Shiki

Whitecaps on the bay:


A broken signboard banging
In the April wind. - Richard Wright
Lily:
out of the water
out of itself - Nick Virgilio

ground squirrel
balancing its tomato
on the garden fence - Don Eulert

As the wind does blow


Across the trees, I see the
Buds blooming in May

I walk across sand


And find myself blistering
In the hot, hot heat

Falling to the ground,


I watch a leaf settle down
In a bed of brown.

It s cold and I wait


For someone to shelter me
And take me from here.

I hear crackling
Crunch, of today s new found day
And know it won t last

Falling to the ground,


I watch a leaf settle down
In a bed of brown.

A cricket disturbed
the sleeping child; on the porch
a man smoked and smiled.

I'm turning over


look out and give me room there
you cricket, you.
Limericks and Haiku
There are numerous types of poems, from silly limericks to the serious dramatic
poetry. Limericks are like haiku, in that they are short poems with a certain nu
mber of lines.
Following is an example of a funny limerick by Edward Lear:
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, 'It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!'

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