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Nature

Haiku often contains "season" words, called kigo, that signify a time of year. Japan was an agricultural society in the seventeenth century, and its people were attuned to changes in the seasons and the rhythms of nature. Most of the kigo in Japanese haiku refer to plants. The "fragrant blossoms" tell readers it is spring or summer, evoking a sense of vitality and well being, and the feeling of being one with nature, both essential features of Basho¯'s haiku.

Religion

"Temple Bells Die Out" evokes the sensation of loss, even as it suggests that the very idea of possessing anything is an illusion. By focusing on his perceptions rather than himself, Basho¯ illustrates the importance of selflessness in haiku and in life. Literature was a kind of religion for Basho¯, who studied Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism, and was also a student of Zen Buddhism...

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