Basho is considered the master of the haiku, the 5-7-5 syllable format short poem. He lived from approximately 1644 to 1694, and his "Basho Hut" was a center of versifying in the Japanese capital. Classics of his oeuvre include this ditty:
iza saraba / yukimi ni korobu / tokoromade
now then, let's go out / to enjoy the snow... until / I slip and fall!