a haiku master, Matsuo Basho from Japan
Haiku Ukiyo-e by Kitagawa Utamaro, woodblock print
Matsuo Bashō (1644 – 1694) was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haiku no regata form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as a master of brief and clear haiku.
Despite his success, Bashō grew dissatisfied and lonely. He began to practice Zen meditation.
“Spring morning marvel
lovely nameless little hill
on a sea of mist”
–haiku by Basho translated by Peter Beilenson
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