On Love And Barley: Haiku Of Basho

Paperback | January 7, 1986

byMatsuo BashoTranslated byLUCIEN STRYKIntroduction byLUCIEN STRYK

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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.

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Basho united the ideals of “karumi” — lightness of touch with an oneness with nature — to transcend the artificiality of former haiku poets and become a new master of the genre. Following Buddhism’s Zen sect, the poet spent a great deal of his time travelling. His eloquent compositions reflect a perceptive, gifted and devoted perfe...

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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 - suggest...

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‘Orchid – breathingincense intobutterfly’s wings’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 f...

Basho was born near Kyoto in 1644. A poet and diarist, he spent his youth as companion to the son of the local lord, and with him studied the writing of poetry. In 1667 he moved to Edo (now Tokyo) and continued to write verse. Eventually, he became a recluse. His writings are strongly influenced by the Zen sect of Buddhism. Lucien ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 7.77 × 5.11 × 0.26 inPublished:January 7, 1986Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140444599

ISBN - 13:9780140444599

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Table of Contents

BashoIntroduction
Acknowledgements

The Haiku
Notes

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Basho united the ideals of “karumi” — lightness of touch with an oneness with nature — to transcend the artificiality of former haiku poets and become a new master of the genre. Following Buddhism’s Zen sect, the poet spent a great deal of his time travelling. His eloquent compositions reflect a perceptive, gifted and devoted perfectionist who perpetually strives for the purest possible form of self-expression. Penguin Classics: On Love and Barley Haiku of Basho features Lucien Stryk’s deft translation, skillfully evoking the feelings of the original poems.