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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Basho: Frog Haiku




古池や
蛙 飛び込む 
水の 音 

Matsu Basho , an eminent Hyjin or Haiku poet of the 17th century Japan, wrote this famous poem, known as Frog Haiku in English. Basho's Frog Haiku is regarded as a paradigmatic Haiku as it follows, the 5-7-5 syllabic pattern of a traditional Haiku. The firs line, ' 古池や' , consists of 5 syllable, the next line ' 蛙 飛び込む', is of 7 syllable and the last line '水の 音' is again of 5 syllables.
Tagore has given us a wonderful translation of Matsu Basho's 'Frog Haiku ' in his celebrated work 'Japan Jatri ', or his travelogue on Japan. According to Tagore brevity can be taken as an essential feature of Haiku. The existence of a 3 lined verse is hard to be traced out anywhere. These 3 lines are enough both for the poet and for the reader.
Going through the Internet I came across numerous versions of Basho's 'Frog Haiku '. Here I would like to refer to a few of these English translations:

"Into the ancient pond
A frog jumps
Water's sound "
-D .T. Suzuki

Eminent American poet Alan Ginsberg has brought out another translation . This is as follows :

"The old pond
A frog jumped in
Ker plunk-"

Another is of Robert Hess -

"The old pond
a frog jumps in
sound of water ."

How enormous was the impact of one short poem on the literary minds, we can easily comprehend from these translations. There is one word in Japanese which can well express the beauty of a Haiku - it is 'Kawaii (かわい)、), meaning pretty. Just as Sakura or Cherry Blossoms are, which bloom only for a short period of time, so is Haiku. Kawai indeed.