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Back Roads to Far Towns Basho's Travel Journal

ISBN-10: 189399631X
ISBN-13: 9781893996311
Edition: 2004
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Description: Basho (1644__1694) is the most famous Haiku poet of Japan. He made his living as a teacher and writer of Haiku and is celebrated for his many travels around Japan, which he recorded in travel journals. This translation of his most mature journal,  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: White Pine Press
Publication date: 10/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.30" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Basho (1644__1694) is the most famous Haiku poet of Japan. He made his living as a teacher and writer of Haiku and is celebrated for his many travels around Japan, which he recorded in travel journals. This translation of his most mature journal, Oku-No-Hosomichi, details the most arduous part of a nine-month journey with his friend and disciple, Sora, through the backlands north of the capital, west to the Japan Sea and back toward Kyoto. More than a record of the journey, Basho's journal is a poetic sequence that has become a center of the Japanese mind/heart. Ten illustrations by Hide Oshiro illuminate the text. Cid Corman was well-known as a poet, translator and editor of Origin, the ground-breaking poetry magazine.

Cid Corman was well-known as a poet, translator and editor of Origin, the ground-breaking poetry magazine.

The greatest of Japan's haiku poets and the greatest poet of his age, Basho raised the genre from a mediocre entertainment to serious verse and contributed greatly to its poetics. The work of his peak period is characterized by evocations of humankind's ultimate harmony with nature. He traveled widely, recording his journeys in his lyrical poetic diaries. He had numerous disciples, and haiku has remained a vigorous form of poetry to the present.

Introduction
Translator's Preface
The Journal
Notes on the Text
Map of the Journey

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