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Basho's Haiku: Selected Poems of Matsuo Basho

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Bashō 's Haiku offers the most comprehensive translation yet of the poetry of Japanese writer Matsuo Bashō (1644-1694), who is credited with perfecting and popularizing the haiku form of poetry. One of the most widely read Japanese writers, both within his own country and worldwide, Bashō is especially beloved by those who appreciate nature and those who practice Zen Buddhism. Born into the samurai class, Bashō rejected that world after the death of his master and became a wandering poet and teacher. During his travels across Japan, he became a lay Zen monk and studied history and classical poetry. His poems contained a mystical quality and expressed universal themes through simple images from the natural world. David Landis Barnhill's brilliant book strives for literal translations of Bashō 's work, arranged chronologically in order to show Bashō 's development as a writer. Avoiding wordy and explanatory translations, Barnhill captures the brevity and vitality of the original Japanese, letting the images suggest the depth of meaning involved. Barnhill also presents an overview of haiku poetry and analyzes the significance of nature in this literary form, while suggesting the importance of Bashō to contemporary American literature and environmental thought.

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ISBN:
9780791461662
Author:
Basho, Matsuo
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Author:
Barnhill, David L.
Author:
Bash&#x014d, Matsuo
Location:
Albany, N.Y.
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Japanese poetry
Subject:
Haiku
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
3248
Publication Date:
20040831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.52x5.50x.57 in. .89 lbs.

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» Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Miscellaneous International Poetry
» Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z
» Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Haiku and Tanka
» Humanities » Philosophy » General
» Religion » Eastern Religions » Buddhism » Zen Buddhism
» Religion » Eastern Religions » Japanese Philosophy

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