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On Love and Barley : Haiku of Basho

Matsuo, Basho, Stryk, Lucien
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: August 29, 1985
ISBN: 9780140444599
96 pages, illustrations

£7.99

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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