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Post it Note Poetry Day 17 -

Furuike ya - is the first line of Basho's most famous poem "Old Pond". I have three translations the first

old pond/a frog jumps into/the sound of water

and another

Breaking the silence/of an ancient pond/A frog jumped into water - A deep resonance

a more direct Japanese translation is:

old pond /frog jumps into/ water's sound

I prefer the first.


4fb6320ff0e5e6ee10bd5840afdbc266by Sean Wright16 Feb 2015

furuike ya
a handful of translations
like snowflakes