Episode 2: Basho's Frog

HC Episode 2: Basho's Frog. Photo by Donna Beaver

This episode of Haiku Chronicles takes us back to 16th century Japan when the first great Japanese master of haiku, Matsuo Basho wrote his breakthrough haiku, “Furu-Ike-Ya” (Old Pond). 

Donna Beaver and Alan Pizzarelli discuss the poem's interesting history and its influence on the poetic form of haiku.

old pond
a frog jumps in
water’s sound
— Matsuo Basho

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Photo by Donna Beaver