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Matsuo Basho (Haiku)

This powerpoint is about a short biography of Matsuo Basho. Also the history and structure of Haiku.

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Matsuo Basho (Haiku)

  1. 1. HAIKU by: Matsuo Basho
  2. 2. Matsuo Basho • 1644 – November 28, 1694 • Ueno, in Iga Province • He made a living as a teacher. • famous poet of the Edo period in Japan
  3. 3. Contributions to Literature • most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. • recognized for collaborative haikai no renga form • in Japan, many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites. • recognized as the greatest master of haiku
  4. 4. History of Haiku • Bashō became a servant to Tōdō Yoshitada. 5-7-5 mora format hokku Later renamed as haiku.
  5. 5. What is Haiku? • a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.
  6. 6. Structural Rules • Uses exactly 17 syllables • Syllables are arranged in three lines of 5-7-5 • Avoids similes and metaphors • Refers to a season of the year
  7. 7. What is Haiku All About? • Haiku poems can describe anything • Has a dominant impression • Uses imagistic language
  8. 8. Seasonal Theme Each Haiku must contain a kigo, a season word, which indicates what season of the year the Haiku is set.
  9. 9. Example Clouds appear and bring - to men a chance to rest from looking at the moon
  10. 10. • Subject- nature • Observation at the moment (beautiful day) • Senses- sight
  11. 11. Other Example Spring morning marvel lovely nameless little hill on a sea of mist
  12. 12. • Subject- nature • Observation at the moment • Senses- sight, smell and texture • Season- Spring
  13. 13. Old pond a frog jumps the sound of water