The Cry of the Cicada Matsuo Basho (1643--1694) The cry of the cicada Gives us no sign That presently it will die. Matsuo Basho was born in Japan. He studied poetry and gained recognition for his use of the haiku form. He helped establish the haibun as a major form. More works of Basho (I come Weary) I come weary, In search of an inn Ah! these wisteria (A Cloud of flowers) A cloud of flowers! Is the bell Uyeno Or Asa Kusa?