Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, born 1644, Ueno, Iga province, died Nov. 28, 1694, Ōsaka) was the supreme Japanese haiku poet, who enhanced the 17-syllable haiku and making it the height of artistic expression. The goal is to compress our worldly experiences and observations into simple word pictures, disclosing, at the same time, subtle truths in small things.

Old pond — frog jumps in — sound of water.

ふるいけや
かわずとびこむ
みずのおと

furu ike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

“Plop” is an onomatopoeic rendering of the sound of water, as is “no oto”.

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