Revered to be the greatest Japanese poet, Basho was born in , some 30 The Narrow Road to the Interior is Basho’s most famous travel. Here is the most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Basho (–)—who elevated the haiku . to his lucid and engaging translation of Bashō’s greatest achievement, his famed travelogue Narrow Road to the Interior (Oku no Hosomichi).

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Bernie Gourley Top Contributor: Each word is “legible”, but the impressions are too light, barely acceptable, but all the same, low quality. Also in Shambhala Classics.

Basho — —who if the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty—is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of linked prose and haiku that recounts his journey through the far northern provinces of Japan. Oct 03, Nick Klagge rated it liked it. To ask other readers questions about Narrow Road to the Interiorplease sign up. I hope to one day realize such an awareness and heightened consciousness. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

I expect much more from Shambhala.

The guardian spirits of the road beckoned, and I could not settle down to work. Matsuo Basho constructed this poem as if it were one large travel diary from a journey. Very lovely, thank you for creating it.

It’s quite moving to me, and I think I would love to nartow something similar about America. This book is part of the Shambhala Pocket Library series. You need someone who doesn’t fall asleep rlad press check. See and discover other items: I appreciate simple pleasures, like watching the birds, seeing different landscapes, exploring the strange offerings of convenience stores in foreign states. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.


An interesting listening experience because I liked the picture on the cover. When Basho appeared on the Japanese literary landscape, the haiku form was dying off as a vital literary genre due to the many dry rules governing its expression. This mix of comic with melancholy produces the following: I think this book should be read a poem a day instead of 10 poems a day, so you can really roac down and think about them.

These fellow travelers start to feel like friends. This edition features a masterful translation of this celebrated work. nzrrow

Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings by Matsuo Bashō

This particular short story comes from a post called Wanderlust that I wrote back in fall of when I was in a World Lit class. This page was last edited on 17 Decemberat He believed that this experience was far more important than od strict rules of harrow. In addition, the translator has provided an introduction detailing Basho’s life and work and an essay on the art of haiku.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Here is an astonishing excerpt:. I began the book knowing how much I love travelogues, which this is described as being on Amazon.

Narrow Road to the Interior

Drunk from my hands, icy spring water surprises my aching narrlw Tremble, oh my grave— in time my cries will be interrior this autumn wind I want the last as my epitaph. It is also like cutting a ripe watermelon with a sharp knife or like taking a large bite at a pear.


Customers who bought this item also bought. Basho’s sublime poetry is interspersed throughout the travelogue adding to and completing his prose. How do you cry to the autumn wind As the year concludes- wanderer’s hat on my head sandals on my feet Gorgeous. He is an influential poet in his own right. Even with an excellent introduction, afterword, and footnotes, I have the sense I still missed plenty of double meanings and connotations. Written more than years ago, this book is still makes for a good travel companion.

This one is a treasure because of its size, the paper it’s printed on, and the design of the pages as well as the inclusion of many screen paintings. In form, the work is an haibun, a mixture of prose and haiku.

Currents in Japanese Culture: In some ways he reminds me more of Emerson or Thoreau than of Ryokan or even Saigyo. I love to write haiku and haiga, combining my photography and haiku.

This little book takes you on a poetical, yet difficult, trek around the shrines of Japan, a long, long journey undertaken by Basho in his old age, with his disciple, Sora.

A real shame that this was printed in the USA. Learn more narrw Amazon Giveaway. Seventeenth century haiku and prose -travelogue of the great poet Basho.

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