Four translations of Basho

By: deborahsc

Nov 17 2007

Category: Translations

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Original translations in English by Robert Hass

The oak tree
not interested
in cherry blossoms

  • Níl suim soip
    ag an crann darach
    i mbláth bán na Bealtaine

The monk sips morning tea
it’s quiet
the crysanthemum’s flowering

  • Bolgaim beaga tae maidine
    manach, ciúnas
    an criosantaman teacht i mbláth

The sea darkens;
the voices of the wild ducks
are faintly white.

  • Ag cronú an fharraige
    beag bán an bonnáin
    lachan fhiáin.

The leeks
newly washed white,–
how cold it is!

  • Na cainneann
    úr nite bán
    chomh fuar atá sé!

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