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Matsuo Basho

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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Moon Woke Me Up Nine Times
Written by Matsuo Basho, Translated by David Young
Knopf | Trade Paperback | April 2013
$18.00/24.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-96200-3 (0-307-96200-8)

Vivid new translations of Basho's popular haiku, in a selected format ideal for newcomers as well as fans long familiar with the Japanese master.

Basho, the famously bohemian traveler through seventeenth-century Japan, is a poet attuned to the natural world as well as humble human doings; "Piles of quilts/ snow on distant... Read more






The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches
Written by Matsuo Basho, Translated by Nobuyuki Yuasa, Introduction by Nobuyuki Yuasa
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 1967
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044185-7 (0-14-044185-9)

'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... Read more






On Love and Barley
Written by Matsuo Basho, Translated by Lucien Stryk, Introduction by Lucien Stryk
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 1986
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-044459-9 (0-14-044459-9)

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... Read more





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