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by Matsuo Basho,Sam Hamill

  • ISBN: 1570622825
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Matsuo Basho,Sam Hamill
  • Subcategory: Poetry
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Shambhala; 1st. ed edition (March 30, 1999)
  • Pages: 184 pages
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The Essential Basho, translated by Sam Hamill.

The Essential Basho, translated by Sam Hamill. We travel to leave our lives behind - the familiar workaday parts, anyway - hoping to arrive in a Paradise where our eyes, ears, tongues, maybe even our hearts, will be startled awake. His translation of the opening lines of "Narrow Road to the Interior," included in this volume, is a classic Basho, and classic Hamill: "The moon and the sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on.

Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694), born 松尾 金作, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa (松尾 忠右衛門 宗房), was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan

Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉, 1644–1694), born 松尾 金作, then Matsuo Chūemon Munefusa (松尾 忠右衛門 宗房), was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. Matsuo Bashō's poetry is internationally renowned; and, in Japan, many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites

The Essential Basho book. The Essential Basho was translated by Sam Hamill and begins with Basho's travelogue,Essential Basho Narrow Road to the Interior

The Essential Basho book. The Essential Basho was translated by Sam Hamill and begins with Basho's travelogue,Essential Basho Narrow Road to the Interior. A map of Basho's journeys and a Chronology are included as well as a very informative and helpful Translator's Introduction. Basho had "long dreamed of crossing the Shirakawa Barrier into northern Honshu, the country called Oku which was immediately north of the city of Sendai.

Home Matsuo Basho; Translator-Sam Hamill The Essential Basho. Book Condition: Good. Synopsis: Here is the most complete single-volume collection of writings by one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Basho (1644–1694)-the most revered poet of Japanese literature-is best known in the West as the author of Narrow Road to the Interior, a travel diary of his journey through northern Japan. Basho elevated the haiku to an art form of utter simplicity and intense spiritual beauty.

The Essential Basho is the most complete . Sam Hamill was born in 1943 and at the age of 3, was adopted from foster care by a family from Utah.

The Essential Basho is the most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Early experiences with violence, theft, jail time, and boot camp were offset by his growing interest in poetry.

The Essential Basho - Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) was the Japanese . Reading this wonderful book, you will rejoice in what Hamill calls "the spiritual prosperity" of Basho's way of elegance.

The Essential Basho - Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) was the Japanese master of haiku and a pioneer of travel as pilgrimage. In this awesome collection, Sam Hamill has gathered together Narrow Road to the Interior, a diary of his journey through northern Japan; three travel sketches; and over 250 haiku. Basho once observed: "Nothing's worth noting that is not seen with fresh eyes.

Hamill's translation of this poem, three newly-translated travel diaries, and a selection of Basho's best haiku accompany an essay on his life and work, and on the art of haiku.

Here is the most complete single-volume collection of writings by one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Hamill's translation of this poem, three newly-translated travel diaries, and a selection of Basho's best haiku accompany an essay on his life and work, and on the art of haiku.

Basho Matsuo, Matsuo Basho, Sam Hamill. The Essential Basho is the most complete single-volume collection of the writings of one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Included here is a masterful translation of this celebrated work, along with three other less well-known but important works by Basho: Travelogue of Weather-Beaten Bones, The Knapsack Notebook, and Sarashina Travelogue.

Browse through Matsuo Basho's poems and quotes. Bashō was born Matsuo Kinsaku around 1644, somewhere near Ueno in Iga Province. His father may have been a low-ranking samurai, which would have promised Bashō a career in the military but not much chance of a notable life. 114 poems of Matsuo Basho. It was traditionally claimed by biographers that he worked in the kitchens.

No part of this book may be stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form .

No part of this book may be stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means including electronic, electrostatic, magnetic tape, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise without the prior permission in writing of the publisher. In this translation of Basho¯’s haiku and the accompanying volume, Basho¯’s Journey: The Literary Prose of Matsuo Basho¯, I offer a collection of his poetry and prose that I hope will help extend that interest and his influence even further.

     Here is the most complete single-volume collection of writings by one of the great luminaries of Asian literature. Includes a masterful translation of Basho's most celebrated work, Narrow Road to the Interior, along with three less well-known works and over 250 of Basho's finest haiku. The translator has included an overview of Basho's life and an essay on the art of haiku.
Reviews about The Essential Basho (2):
Perilanim
[Note: This review appeared July 22, 1999, in the Seattle Weekly and is available online at [...]
The Essential Basho, translated by Sam Hamill. Shambhala, $25 No wonder dreams of journeys are so often associated with death. We travel to leave our lives behind - the familiar workaday parts, anyway - hoping to arrive in a Paradise where our eyes, ears, tongues, maybe even our hearts, will be startled awake. What we really want is a new self, but what we often get is more stuff -samples of a regional cuisine, eyefuls of great art, tidbits about Kafka's life in Prague, opinions, trinkets. Traveling becomes grazing on a global scale.
A different pathway opens up in Sam Hamill's newest collection of translations, The Essential Basho. Here for the first time in a single volume is the essence of Basho's work: four travel narratives, including the best-known "Narrow Road to the Interior," and 250 haiku returning us home to a dailiness transformed by awareness and attention. Whether the poet is on the road or behind his own brushwood gate he seeks, instead of new acquisitions or excitements, an honest encounter between world and mind. These two entities were never separate to begin with. So although Basho's travelogues seem to record his treks on foot through 17th-century Japan, they're actually journeys into his own true nature, the heartland within, where self and circumstances are one.
"Very early on the twenty-seventh morning of the third moon, under a predawn haze, transparent moon barely visible, mount Fuji just a shadow, I set out under the cherry blossoms of Ueno and Yanaka. When would I see them again? A few old friends had gathered in the night and followed along far enough to see me off from the boat� I felt three thousand miles rushing through my heart, the whole world only a dream. I saw it through farewell tears.
"Spring passes / and the birds cry out - tears / in the eyes of fishes.
"With these first words from my brush, I started. Those who remain behind watch the shadow of a traveler's back disappear."
Carrying just a few necessities along with friends' farewell presents, which he can't bear to part with, Basho lets each event on the way speak the language of its particular life. At a farm he asks directions, but they're so complicated the farmer just lends Basho his horse ("'He knows the road. When he stops, get off, and he'll come back alone.'") The horse takes Basho to a village and then turns around, a gift from the poet tied to his saddle. Farther on, Basho observes peasants wearing black formal hats for ancient rites, speaks with prostitutes on a pilgrimage, sadly leaves to his fate a child abandoned by his parents, retreats from a three-day storm into a shack: Eaten alive by / lice and fleas - now the horse / beside my pillow pees.
At a mountain temple "I crawled among boulders to make my bows at shrines. The silence was profound. I sat, feeling my heart begin to open." Elsewhere, hearing distant villagers clap wooden noisemakers to scare deer from their fields, he feels "the utter aloneness of autumn." A stranger asks for a poem ("'Something beautiful, please'") and Basho writes a verse about the cuckoo's cry that arrives, just then, from across a field.
Basho's words flow spontaneously out of each moment lived. Instead of giving us tours or mementos of the world, he helps us open to its presences and discover who we are. Through his haiku we sense the wholeness and sufficiency of an early frost, an eggplant seed, a hangover, "Mr. Seagull," a nest of mice, a bean-floured rice ball, tears in the eyes of fishes, and ourselves, awake and alive again. Hamill frames "The Essential Basho" with essays on Basho's life and work that are scholarly enough to educate a student of haiku or Japanese culture and lively enough to engage any reader. Their depth and ease testify to the virtuosity Hamill has achieved as Editor of Copper Canyon Press, Director of the Port Townsend Writers' Conference, author of over thirty books, and translator of poetry in several languages. Travelers like me have carried around the world his pocket-size Basho ("Narrow Road to the Interior," now out of print) until it's tattered. We'll treasure the fine new volume silkily sleeved in Hokusai's portrait of the poet on the road again.
Enone
As a casual and thorough student of Basho and the Japanese poetic forms of haiku, haibun and renga I've come to believe that Sam Hamill's translations are the best ever. Hamill, as a respected poet in the English language himself, translates the Japanese of Basho into an American English that literally sings.His translation of the opening lines of "Narrow Road to the Interior," included in this volume, is a classic Basho, and classic Hamill: "The moon and the sun are eternal travelers. Even the years wander on. A lifetime adrift in a boat, or in old age leading a tired horse into the years, every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home." I have carried Hamill's translation of "Narrow Road" with me for years. To have "The Essential Basho" now on my shelf is an event to celebrate.

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