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The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches

Matsuo Basho - Author

Nobuyuki Yuasa - Translator

Nobuyuki Yuasa - Introduction by

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ISBN 9780140441857 | 176 pages | 28 Feb 1967 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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Matsuo Bashō (1644-94) was the greatest of the Japanese haiku poets. The vitality and flexibility his genius gave to the strict 17-syllable form brought haiku to a level of immaculate perfection. In later life Bashō turned to Zen Buddhism, and the travel sketches in this volume reflect his attempts to cast off earthly attachments and reach out to spiritual fulfilment. The sketches are written in the haibun style – a linking of verse and prose. The title piece, in particular, reveals Bashō striving to discover a vision of eternity in the transient world around him and is his personal evocation of the mysteries of the universe.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Records of a Weather-Exposed Skeleton
A Visit to the Kashima Shrine
The Records of a Travel-Worn Satchel
A Visit to Sarashina Village
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Map 1. Central Japan
Map 2. Central Japan
Map 3. Northern Japan
Notes