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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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This mix of comic with melancholy produces the following: Return to Book Page. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Be the first to ask a question about Narrow Road to the Interior.

Nonetheless, a number of the poems present lively images or striking moods. They mean bad diner food, strange motel beds, and highly questionable rest stop nartow. Master haiku writer journeys through his homeland.

Everyone told us to see it. This poetic diary is in the form known as haibuna combination of prose and haiku. Inspired by Your Browsing History. It’s quite moving to me, and I think I would love to read something similar about America. Mainly because they are short and take no time at all to read or write, which is great for my tiny attention span. 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.


From the earliest times there have always been some who perished along the road. Roda has a travel guide for Narrow Road to the Deep North. A really great collection of poems and journal entries that is not cheesey and it not easy so don’t go giving this book as some sort of feng shui gift to you mother.

His travel diaries of linked prose and haiku created a new genre of writing that inspired generations of Japanese poets. It can be seen in the annual cherry blossom festivals in Japan held in different locations at different times from late March into early May.

Nov 14, Pages. I think the reason for it is that you lose a lot of the meaning of the poems in the translation, but I couldn’t really get into this book.

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Even with our cultural differences, I cannot understand why they did this. Hamill’s translation is drier and perhaps more literal. Add tne Cart Add to Cart. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. One of the great masterpieces of Buddhist literature — or, indeed, of literature of any sort.

Also in Shambhala Classics. Set up a giveaway. Basho speaks in an extremely personal way, as if the poetry were meant for you specifically.

It was nice to read Basho’s haiku alongside descriptions of the narros and places in which he wrote them, but the strongest impression that I took away from the book was Basho’s deep awareness of the history of the world around him. In that very attempt, the poem presents is own beauty. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.


Many of the men of old died on the road, and I too for years past have been stirred by the sight of a solitary cloud drifting with the wind to ceaseless thoughts of roaming.

Open Preview See a Problem? This mix of comic with melancholy produces the following:. A good portion, but not all, of the haiku contained in this book you have read countless times nadrow, though they are translated slightly differently here.

Narrow Road to the Interior: And Other Writings

Another edition is available from Shambhala with 3 other lesser known travelogues, also translated by Hamill. Basho takes a boat from Edo and reaches the docks of Senju. The months and days are the travellers of eternity. You are commenting teh your Facebook account. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. They are my meditations in Nature. Printed text too light.

The Narrow Road to the Interior by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)

One of his most famous works is Oku No Hosomichi trans. The book requires re-reading and interio exploration. Don’t have a Kindle? We are experiencing technical difficulties.