Autumn Haiku

In this article, we share some of the most famous autumn haiku written by Japanese poets. Enjoy!

The simplicity and brevity of haiku, combined with the depth of their expression, remind us to pause and savor the fleeting moments of this transformative season. These timeless poems continue to inspire and resonate with readers, offering a profound connection to the natural world and the ever-turning wheel of time. In this article, we share some of the most famous autumn haiku written by Japanese poets. Enjoy!

Natsume Sōseki (1867 – 1916)

Very squarely
setting its buttocks down—
the pumpkin

Kaya Shirao (1738-91)

The haiku poet Kaya Shirao spent his life as a celebrated haiku master in Edo, trying to revive the style of Basho. He often visited Ueda and also had many pupils in this area.

To passing autumn
the pampas grass waves
goodbye goodbye

The coming of autumn
by a red dragonfly

More Autumn Haiku

The bitter persimmons
spending their autumn

Garden gate
slamming and thwacking—
autumn wind

The autumn wind
takes the shape
of pampas grass

The stars
have already opened
their autumn eyes

Early autumn—
the evening shower becomes
a night of rain

Early autumn—
peering through willows
the morning sun

Dyeing his body
the dragonfly

The world of autumn haiku by Japanese poets reveals the profound connection between human emotion and the ever-changing seasons. Through their elegant verses, these poets have painted vivid landscapes, evoking autumn’s beauty and its myriad of emotions. From the vibrant hues of falling leaves to the serene moments of contemplation, each haiku carries with it the essence of change and transformation that autumn brings.

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