On Love and Barley

On Love and Barley

Haiku of Basho


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Format
Paperback
Price
$12.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140444599
  • 96 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

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.

Table of Contents

BashoIntroduction
Acknowledgements

The Haiku
Notes
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