On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho

On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho

by Matsuo Basho
     
 

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Basho, one of the greatest of Japanese poets and the master of haiku, was also a Buddhist monk and a life-long traveller. His poems combine 'karumi', or lightness of touch, with the Zen ideal of oneness with creation. Each poem evokes the natural world - the cherry blossom, the leaping frog, the summer moon or the winter snow - suggesting the smallness of human

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Basho, one of the greatest of Japanese poets and the master of haiku, was also a Buddhist monk and a life-long traveller. His poems combine 'karumi', or lightness of touch, with the Zen ideal of oneness with creation. Each poem evokes the natural world - the cherry blossom, the leaping frog, the summer moon or the winter snow - suggesting the smallness of human life in comparison to the vastness and drama of nature. Basho himself enjoyed solitude and a life free from possessions, and his haiku are the work of an observant eye and a meditative mind, uncluttered by materialism and alive to the beauty of the world around him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140444599
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1986
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
577,759
Product dimensions:
5.09(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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