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The Old Pond - Poem by Matsuo Basho

Following are several translations
of the 'Old Pond' poem, which may be
the most famous of all haiku:

Furuike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

- Basho



Literal Translation

Fu-ru (old) i-ke (pond) ya,
ka-wa-zu (frog) to-bi-ko-mu (jumping into)
mi-zu (water) no o-to (sound)


Translated by Fumiko Saisho



The old pond-
a frog jumps in,
sound of water.


Translated by Robert Hass



Old pond...
a frog jumps in
water's sound.


Translated by William J. Higginson



An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.


Translated by Harry Behn



There is the old pond!
Lo, into it jumps a frog:
hark, water's music!


Translated by John Bryan



The silent old pond
a mirror of ancient calm,
a frog-leaps-in splash.


Translated by Dion O'Donnol



old pond
frog leaping
splash


Translated by Cid Corman



Antic pond-
frantic frog jumps in-
gigantic sound.


Translated by Bernard Lionel Einbond



MAFIA HIT MAN POET: NOTE FOUND PINNED TO LAPEL
OF DROWNED VICTIM'S DOUBLE-BREASTED SUIT! ! !

'Dere wasa dis frogg
Gone jumpa offa da logg
Now he inna bogg.'

- Anonymous


Translated by George M. Young, Jr.



Old pond
leap - splash
a frog.


Translated by Lucien Stryk



The old pond,
A frog jumps in:.
Plop!


Translated by Allan Watts



The old pond, yes, and
A frog is jumping into
The water, and splash.

Translated by G.S. Fraser


Poems About Haiku

  1. 1. The Old Pond , Matsuo Basho
  2. 2. Over The Wintry , Natsume Sōseki
  3. 3. While You Decline To Cry, , Ō no Yasumaro
  4. 4. The Wren , Kobayashi Issa
  5. 5. None Is Travelling , Matsuo Basho
  6. 6. Over-Ripe Sushi , Yosa Buson
  7. 7. Consider Me , Masaoka Shiki
  8. 8. A Cicada Shell , Matsuo Basho
  9. 9. Blown From The West , Yosa Buson
  10. 10. Winter Seclusion , Kobayashi Issa
  11. 11. Green Frog , Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
  12. 12. Haiku (Birds Singing...) , Jack Kerouac
  13. 13. Lighting One Candle , Yosa Buson
  14. 14. Basho's Death Poem , Matsuo Basho
  15. 15. Hitch Haiku , Gary Snyder
  16. 16. Haiku Ambulance , Richard Brautigan
  17. 17. A Cuckoo Sings , Kobayashi Issa
  18. 18. A Weathered Skeleton , Matsuo Basho
  19. 19. The Crow Has Flown Away , Natsume Sōseki
  20. 20. 5 & 7 & 5 , Anselm Hollo
  21. 21. For Me Going , Masaoka Shiki
  22. 22. Five Haikus , Richard Wright
  23. 23. Haiku (The Taste...) , Jack Kerouac
  24. 24. Don'T Imitate Me , Matsuo Basho
  25. 25. Don'T Worry, Spiders , Kobayashi Issa
  26. 26. Plum Flower Temple , Natsume Sōseki
  27. 27. My Arm For A Pillow , Yosa Buson
  28. 28. My Life , Masaoka Shiki
  29. 29. Lily , Nick Virgilio
  30. 30. Haiku (7, 11, 16, 18 & 20) , Richard Wright
  31. 31. One Flower , Jack Kerouac
  32. 32. Autumn Moonlight , Matsuo Basho
  33. 33. A Mountain Village , Masaoka Shiki
  34. 34. The Lamp Once Out , Natsume Sōseki
  35. 35. A Bath When You'Re Born , Kobayashi Issa
  36. 36. Before The White Chrysanthemum , Yosa Buson
  37. 37. What Fish Feel , Matsuo Basho
  38. 38. Haiku (50, 51, 53, 57 & 58) , Richard Wright
  39. 39. Dawn , Yosa Buson
  40. 40. Souls' Festival , Matsuo Basho
  41. 41. My Dead Brother , Nick Virgilio
  42. 42. Haiku (The Low Yellow...) , Jack Kerouac
  43. 43. Watch Birth And Death , Natsume Sōseki
  44. 44. Temple Bells Die Out , Matsuo Basho
  45. 45. In The Coolness , Masaoka Shiki
  46. 46. Hey, Sparrow! , Kobayashi Issa
  47. 47. After Dream. , Ome Shushiki
  48. 48. Bass , Nick Virgilio
  49. 49. Elegy To The Old Man Hokuju , Yosa Buson
  50. 50. For That Brief Moment , Hokushi
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