Matsuo Basho Quote
“The fact that Saigyo composed a poem that begins, I shall be unhappy without loneliness, shows that he made loneliness his master.”
Classical Japanese Database, Translation #41 of a Saga Diary excerpt (Translation: Robert Hass) - Statements
Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsMatsuo Basho
Died: November 28, 1694 (aged 50)
Bio: Matsuo Bashō, born Matsuo Kinsaku, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa, was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Bashō was recognized for his works in the collaborative haikai no renga form; today, after centuries of commentary, he is recognized as a master of brief and clear haiku.