On Love and Barley: Haiku of Bashō

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University of Hawaii Press, 1985 - Poetry - 92 pages
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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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I greatly looked forward to reading Basho, but when I picked this book up from the library I was disappointed - as a lover of haiku, I'm very hopeful that this was merely a case of poor translation. I've read plenty of haiku that is as beautiful as it is simple, but these are just confusing.
Will try Basho again gladly, just not this translation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Acknowledgements
20
THE HAIKU
25
Notes
85
Copyright

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About the author (1985)

Lucien Stryk, whose translations figure prominently in Zen, is co-editor with the late Takashi Ikemoto, of the Penguin Book of Zen Poetry. He lives in Dekalb, Illinois.

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