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araumi ya / Sado ni yokotau / amanogawa
the rough sea / stretching out towards Sado / the Milky Way 
furu ike ya / kawazu tobikomu / mizu no oto
an ancient pond / a frog jumps in / the splash of water 
the 'FOUR GREAT': Matsuo Basho, Issa Kobayashi, Yosa Buson, Masaoka Shiki..
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I never quite understood haiku until I started reading the works of Basho - now I am studying haiku - and it is quite enlightening - something very different than the poetry that I have often been accustomed to.
How much can be said in so little words.I'm glad I finally discovered who wrote and invented the haiku.Thank you.I wrote some haiku based on THE OLD POND haiku-which is this poet's most famous.
A beestaggers out of the peony.Translated by Robert Hass
Moonlight slantingthrough the bamboo grove; a cuckoo crying.Translated by Robert Hass