The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches

The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Basho

'It was with awe
That I beheld
Fresh leaves, green leaves,
Bright in the sun'
 
In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described the natural world with great simplicity and delicacy of feeling. When he composed The Narrow Road to the Deep North, he was an ardent student of Zen Buddhism, setting off on a series of travels designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He wrote of the seasons changin, of the smells of the rain, the brightness of the moon, and beauty of the waterfall, through which he sense mysteries of the universe. There’s seventeenth-century travel writing not only chronicle Basho's perilous journeys through Japan, but they also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.
 
In his lucid translation Nobuyuki Yuasa captures the Lyrical qualities of Basho's poetry and prose by using the natural rhythms and language of the contemporary speech. IN his introduction, he examines the development of the haibun style in which poetry and prose stand side by side. this edition also includes maps and notes on the texts.
 
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140441857
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/28/1967
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 186,230
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Basho, the Japanese poet and diarist, was born in Iga-ueno near Kyoto in 1644. He spent his youth as companion to the son of the local lord, and with him he studied the writing of seventeen-syllable verse. In 1667 he moved to Edo (now Tokyo) where he continued to write verse. He eventually became a recluse, living on the outskirts of Edo in a hut. When he traveled he relied entirely on the hospitality of temples and fellow-poets. In his writings he was strongly influenced by the Zen sect of Buddhism.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a sort of travel book with haiku. i'm not a huge fan of poetry, but i do find some of basho's haiku quite nice. the book as a whole is very nice. the life it depicts is beautiful. basho walks north stopping to admire trees or ponds he has read or heard about in other people's haiku. sometimes he visits and composes with other poets. basho's seems to be a life dedicated to the appreciation of beauty.