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The old pond

Matsuo Basho

Following are several translations
of the 'Old Pond' poem, which may be
the most famous of all haiku:

Furuike ya 
kawazu tobikomu 
mizu no oto

        -- Basho

Literal Translation Fu-ru (old) i-ke (pond) ya, ka-wa-zu (frog) to-bi-ko-mu (jumping into) mi-zu (water) no o-to (sound) Translated by Fumiko Saisho
The old pond-- a frog jumps in, sound of water. Translated by Robert Hass
Old pond... a frog jumps in water's sound. Translated by William J. Higginson
An old silent pond... A frog jumps into the pond, splash! Silence again. Translated by Harry Behn
There is the old pond! Lo, into it jumps a frog: hark, water's music! Translated by John Bryan
The silent old pond a mirror of ancient calm, a frog-leaps-in splash. Translated by Dion O'Donnol
old pond frog leaping splash Translated by Cid Corman
Antic pond-- frantic frog jumps in-- gigantic sound. Translated by Bernard Lionel Einbond
MAFIA HIT MAN POET: NOTE FOUND PINNED TO LAPEL OF DROWNED VICTIM'S DOUBLE-BREASTED SUIT!!! 'Dere wasa dis frogg Gone jumpa offa da logg Now he inna bogg.' -- Anonymous Translated by George M. Young, Jr.
Old pond leap -- splash a frog. Translated by Lucien Stryck
The old pond, A frog jumps in:. Plop! Translated by Allan Watts
The old pond, yes, and A frog is jumping into The water, and splash. Translated by G.S. Fraser

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