Matsuo Basho Analysis

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People set forth on a new journey for exploring unknowns, and a journey could always help them in knowing what they want inwardly. François Villon and Matsuo Bashō have gained tremendous inspirations while travelling/exiling, and both of them hope to be free spiritually. However, they do have various different altitudes since they are from different cultures and have different religious beliefs. But to some extent, Villon and Bashō have the same value towards death. From François Villon’s poems, he expresses that everything in life is unpredictable, except death. Nothing can return to its origin since the past is gone forever, regardless of one’s socio-economic status, wealth or beauty. From The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Matsuo Bashō expresses how he feels about life through his haiku, and illuminates that everything in life is mujō (transient), which could not last eternally. These two different books explore how François Villon …show more content…
However, he would always be exempt from executions. He had been exiled from Paris. All of his experiences inspire him in composing poems. In most of his poems, he satirizes that how chaotic France was, and reveals that there were tremendous injustices within the society. His experiences make him believe that everyone would be on the same path, and go to a same destination, which is death. "Death takes them all, without exception." (49)
Undoubtedly, death is inevitable, regardless of one’s socioeconomic status, beauty or ability. "...the world is nothing but illusion. No man alive can combat death, or win a court 's protection from it." (Villon, 53) Villon emphasizes that no one could live forever, and he feels grieved about the inevitability. In his Ballade of the Ladies of Times Long Past, he refers that everyone will face death, regardless of who this person was. Therefore, he expresses that, “...where is the snow that fell last year.” (Villon,

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