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). Narrow Road to the Interior By Matsuo Basho. Translated by Sam Hamill. Shambhala Publications: Boston, pp. $ (paperback). addiss_1.

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Nonetheless, a number of the poems present lively images or striking moods. This was one of my first forays into Japanese literature, t won’t be the last. Some even suggest he invented the form, though he did not.

A beautiful translation of one of the most-loved classics of Japanese literature. The narrator for the lead piece, The Narrow Road to the Interior was a little hard to understand. Jul 06, Ray Zimmerman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Hamill In fact, though such transitory experience is just that — transitory — one can fix it, in a way, in verse, and fixed, that experience can be caught for generations yet to come.

When spring came and there was mist in the air, I thought of crossing the Barrier of Shirakawa into Oku.

Narrow Road to the Interior

The various philosophies of his haiku and other poets’ haiku are fascinating. The travel log, itself seems interesting, but hard to picture and it simply a list of places that they went, when they were built and by whom.

A pretty enjoyable slim little volume, though not a source of any great inspiration for me. Such is the magic of a fine translation. And many are the men of old who met their end upon the road. While Basho honors us with the Haiku he wrote on this sojourn, he also offers his Zen Japan in a quiet, essential glory. Standing at Tama Water song dancing sparkles Hello dear Basho.


Some Japanese scholars say that Haiku began and ended with Basho. From the earliest times there have always been some who perished along the road. Jazz at Lincoln Center: Reading some of the poems in Romanji despite not understanding Japanese other than sushi terms, it is an easy and regular language in pronunciation, at least when written in that form added some, although I still actually preferred the travelogue aspect with the poems embedded in context.

Between our two lives there is also the life of the cherry blossom Nov 14, Pages. It is the only major publisher devoted entirely to poetry. In fact, though such transitory experience is just that — transitory — one can fix it, in a way, in verse, and fixed, that experience can be caught for generations yet to come. The guardian spirits of the road beckoned, and I could not settle down to work.

I am a lover of short stories. For Basho there is no separation from his poetry and his spiritual practice, all is one.

But this core of reality is not some distant, abstract essence; it is a penetrating insight into things as they are. Hello Mike, Thank you. Find your next great read Digital Branch. I think this book should be read a poem a day instead of 10 poems a day, so you can really sit down and think about them.

Videos, interviews, and audio recordings of previous Signature Events at the Library. A very neat little book with great art work. Narrow Road to the Interior: Written more than years ago, this book is still makes for a good travel companion. All branches will close at 5 p. The oak’s nobility– indifferent to flowers– or so it appears.

And, in going on a pilgrimage, Basho visits famous places which previous poets captured in verbal snapshots. Still I have always been drawn by wind-blown clouds into dreams of a lifetime of wandering. In which year it was I do not recall, but I, too, began to be lured by the wind like a fragmentary cloud and have since been unable to resist wanderlust, roaming out to the seashores. Through his exemplary life, Basho demonstrates that it’s possible to be a truly saintly person without having to be an ascetic — So many poems about drinking and hangovers, and even a handful of haiku that delicately hint at One of the great masterpieces of Buddhist literature — or, indeed, of literature of any sort.


The months and days are the travelers of eternity. It may be his best known work, but his I read the Shambhala Press edition …every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home. Even the years wander on. Even the years wander on.

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Tech Coach Drop In at Southeast. Inspired by Tbe Browsing History. The gods seem to have possessed my soul and turned it inside out, and roadside images seemed to invite me from every corner, so that it was impossible for me to stay idle at home.

Throughout his life, Basho was drawn to the solitary path of a wanderer. For those who pass their lives afloat on boats, or face old age leading horses tight by the bridle, their journeying is life, their journeying is home. Seventeenth century haiku and prose -travelogue of the great poet Basho. To that end I think Sam Hamill does a good job, or his tastes are more in line with mine i.

If you like haiku and Basho I do, though my favorite haiku poet is Issathis book is roac a read. What motivated people then?

I found it helpful to read both.