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This sad story was told by Matsuo Basho, one of Japan’s most famous poets. The events, which are dramatized here, show us the life of the poor in old Japan. Many people did not have food, money, or housing. They had to make difficult choices. Sometimes they had to choose between two bad things. Imagine yourself in Basho’s shoes. You have hardly any food and no money. You don’t have a home. What would you do?

Basho was a poet. A poet writes poetry, or poems. This is a ...

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