On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ponsonby - LibraryThing
Even in translation, where they inevitably must lose something, these poems are minatures of perfection, with a lightness and an unforced quality so different from the artifice and contrivance of many ... Read full review
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Beautiful. The master of haiku. Read full review