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On Love and Barley: The Haiku of Basho (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 29 Aug 1985

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (29 Aug. 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140444599
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140444599
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 Stryk is a well-known translator.


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By A Customer on 1 May 2005
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This book is very light an therefore perfect to carry around and read a haiku here and there on the underground, in a park or while waiting for someone. Not all haikus are easy to interpret, but they are all beautifully written by the master of haiku, Basho. An example? "Spring rain - under trees a crystal stream."
Phenomenal.
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An excellent collection of Basho's haiku - Some of which are almost audiovisual, others you can nearly taste. Great for contemplating life on secluded sunkissed beaches and rainy Highland hillsides alike.
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Bash' is without doubt a master of this very particular poetic form and style. If you are familiar with Japanese poetry, (specifically Renga or Haiku) then you will very much appreciate this book and its pocket-sized nature.

+ I really adore the cover image, it looks even better in real life!
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I have published poetry works including Haiku myself and have over the years drawn on images presented by Basho, he's a wonderful writer, almost contempary in his period if that's possable.

If you like Haiku you'll love this rendering of his works.
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Lovely book cover design, good content. Anyone who likes haiku, especially Basho, will enoy this. The introduction is written by a very knowleagable haiku scholar and author.
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Although I don't speak Japanese I have a feeling that these are well translated compared to others which I have read. It seems to me that this is Basho at his near best. (but don't forget Issa and Shiki!)
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A nice little book of Haiku with a pretty design on the cover. Perfect for the reader who wants to learn more about this style of poetry.
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Kindle edition.
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