The Narrow Road To The Deep North And Other Travel Sketches

Paperback | February 28, 1967

byMatsuo BashoTranslated byNobuyuki YuasaIntroduction byNobuyuki Yuasa

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'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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'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 ...

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Bash-o’s haiku are a series of superb pictures in which whole landscapes and seasons are evoked by description of the crucial details.

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 o...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.73 × 5.1 × 0.41 inPublished:February 28, 1967Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140441859

ISBN - 13:9780140441857

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

Customer Reviews of The Narrow Road To The Deep North And Other Travel Sketches

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Penguin Classics Narrow Road To The Deep North This book is a tale of Basho's journey to the Deep North Of Japan, and contains many pieces of poetry written by both he and his travelling cohorts. The translation is great, and the introduction is useful in explaining the history and concept behind haiku poetry. A thought-provoking and entertaining read, I would recommend this to those who appreciate Japanese culture and literature.
Date published: 2002-01-26

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Table of Contents

The Narrow Road to the Deep NorthAcknowledgments
Introduction
The Records of a Weather-Exposed Skeleton
A Visit to the Kashima Shrine
The Records of a Travel-Worn Satchel
A Visit to Sarashina Village
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Map 1. Central Japan
Map 2. Central Japan
Map 3. Northern Japan
Notes