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Basho (16441694) 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.
Introduction; Translator's Preface; The Journal; Notes on the Text; Map of the Journey.
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Cid Corman was well-known as a poet, translator and editor of Origin, the ground-breaking poetry magazine.
"Of the half dozen English versions of Basho's most famous travel journal, Corman's is the best. He recreates the unique toughness and terseness of Basho's original language, crossing the translation barrier..." -- William J Higginson.