Fever-felled half-way

by Matsuo Basho

English version by Peter Beilenson
Original Language Japanese

Fever-felled half-way,
     my dreams arose
To march again...
Into a hollow land

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

Note: This was Basho's death poem.



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