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The old pond Analysis



Author: haiku of Matsuo Basho Type: haiku Views: 9


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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I think it means that whatever happens anywhere in the universe is inconsequential and ultimately does not matter.

| Posted on 2014-06-29 | by a guest


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well, here my interpretation. the old silent pond stands for the essence of all questions that you were able to answer all by yourself and just by your own experience. a pond full of erratic answers, no questionings around, just silence. the frog embodies the smart ass coming up to you and telling you that black is white and day is night. he puts his dirty ass into your pond of truth but you don't care at all. all you can hear is a short splash. and then it's quiet again at the old silent pond.

| Posted on 2014-05-27 | by a guest


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i think the point of this poem depends on matsuo basho,find and ask him..XD

| Posted on 2013-10-29 | by a guest


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Can someone explain the extensive interpretation of this poem including the title because I need it for my stylistics analyis? Answers will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance. :)))
[12] UNPOPULAR.
—Sister Prisca, C.S.M., in \"The Living Church.\"
He healed their sick;
He blessed and brake,
And they were fed.
So, they would make Him king,
A king who\'d give them all those things
Their bodies craved.
They heard His word;
And never did man speak
As did this man.
But, \"Hard to x they opened wide,
Their hearts; put self aside;
And prejudice; and hate;
And hope of worldly gain.
And so they fell away—
Forsook their King.
(For He is King,
Though He will never sit
Upon the throne of Caesar.)
They gave their King a Throne;
(And knew it not.)
That Throne the Cross.
And He does reign;
His Kingdom has no end;
Its Citizens are those
Who dare that Throne to share.

| Posted on 2012-03-01 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about a frog jumping into a pond.

| Posted on 2011-10-02 | by a guest


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it\'s beautiful.
I was also thinking that the pond represents a country, that is very quiet and simple. Suddenly came the invaders and the battlecry (sound) is heard.

| Posted on 2011-08-21 | by a guest


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I believe that that the pond, however old, is still water. The frog shows that by jumping in and there still being the sound of water.

| Posted on 2011-02-01 | by a guest


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I believe that that the water, however old, is still water. The frog shows that by jumping in and there still being the sound of water.

| Posted on 2011-02-01 | by a guest


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Zen Poem.
The Old Pond is the truth of emptiness without event; silent calm without distinction.
The Frog\'s leap is a momentary event, one mundane occurrence of the world.
the sound of water. An event that is without meaning but is vitally important right now.
Become present to this instant moment, this \"sound of water\" as this very thought “the toad” splash across that consciousness (the mere I [meaning YOU dear reader]) which observes the sound of water (The meanings you are making).

| Posted on 2010-11-06 | by a guest


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It is all encompassing,
incliding each of us,
therefore so intriguing...
It is all about waves:
The waves before we came,
we as waves at their being,
and waves after we leave...
Plamen

| Posted on 2010-10-02 | by a guest


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in my own opinion, the old pond refers to a calm and peaceful place then suddenly a frog jumps in who broke the silence and brought disturbance to that place. like what is happening now in some countries, before they are peaceful and were contented of what they have then suddenly colonizers or trespassers exist which brought violence and complication in their status of life.
~lynn M.R. Cajeta~

| Posted on 2010-09-06 | by a guest


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in my own opinion, the old pond refers to a calm and peaceful place then suddenly a frog jumps in who broke the silence and brought disturbance to that place. like what is happening now in some countries, before they are peaceful and were contented of what they have then suddenly colonizers or trespassers exist which brought violence and complication in their status of life.
~lynn M.R. Cajeta~

| Posted on 2010-09-06 | by a guest


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In Bansho’s Haiku, I believe the ancient pond refers to the world that is today in developing countries. The pond grows dirtier and infested from the sticks and leaves that fall in it. The pond becomes dirtier, and less clear. In today\'s world, human beings are becoming infected and dying every second. The frog represents a human life. It can change everything on this world. With the jump of the frog, or the step of the human race, the entire pond, or the entire world can change. The sound of water is the result of the actions the life had taken. The splash is a result of the frog jumping, a new world with new voices being heard, changing our economy, our politics, our society itself. The world can be affected, a new revolution can occur. The sound of water, the reformation of the dying world people in developing countries live on.

| Posted on 2010-07-31 | by a guest


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@ K. Yihmin L.
That's quite the analysis, friend. It would seem quite accurate, if Basho hadn't written his poem in the 17th Century, where today's problems weren't very relevant to his time period. There's little chance that Basho would have predicted the world would turn out the way it has today.

| Posted on 2010-06-15 | by a guest


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I think this is a poem about an older, aged person's life. They are an "old pond". Their lives have slowed down and have almost become stagnant. Everyone almost forgets that they are there.
Suddenly, a frog jumps in. The pond's world is disturbed and reawakened. An occurence has brought out the importance and livelyhood of an older person, causing the younger generation surrounding them to realize their importance, their beauty, and their significance.
-K. B. (English Comp. Student from Kansas)

| Posted on 2010-04-21 | by a guest


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The old pond is a haiku. A haiku is a form of Japanese form of poetry. It consists of a very simple story. The old pond is a story about a frog that jumps into the old pond and you can hear the rippling sound of water.
When I read the poem, I thought “how boring”. But I read it again and I really tried to visualize it. I visualized myself at an old peaceful garden with and old pond in the middle. Suddenly I hear a “splash!” and then the peaceful sound of rippling water follows. It’s amazing how beautiful this is, how simple yet how beautiful.

| Posted on 2009-11-10 | by a guest


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I believe that this was written by a person, high on drugs.

| Posted on 2009-03-28 | by a guest


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I believe the ancient pond refers to the world that is today.
The pond grows dirtier and infested from the sticks and leaves that fall in it. The pond becomes dirtier, and less clear. In today's world, we human beings as a whole, are becoming infected. Our morals are changing, and our views on affecting the lives of one other are mostly for the worse. Instead of helping society as a whole grow and flourish, we strive to become better than our fellow man. Our intentions our rotten, just as the water is dirty.
The frog represents human life. It can change everything on this world. We, as life, affect the entire world around us. With the jump of the frog, or the step of the human race, the entire pond, or the entire world can change.
The sound of water is the result of the actions the life had taken. The splash is a result of the frog jumping, a new world with new voices being heard, changing our economy, our politics, our society itself. The world can be affect, a new revolution can occur. The sound of water, the reformation of the dying world we live on.
~K. Yihmin L.

| Posted on 2009-02-01 | by a guest




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