An Old Silent Pond by Basho

Summary: A poem from the Japanese haiku master, Matsuo Basho, about a silent pond


The speaker - Speaks about the silence and momentary disruption of silence in a pond


  • The speaker introduces the audience to a pond that has existed for a while, the pond is old
  • A frog, even after all this time that the pond has existed, finds its way into this old pond
  • Again there is silence when the frog does what it needs to do

Other Notes:

  • This poem was written in 1686 and a monument is left in his honor near the place that Basho wrote this poem
  • He is a developer and master of the haiku form of writing poetry