'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.
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|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Series:||Penguin Classics Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.73(h) x 0.41(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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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.