Reading haiku is great. So much is contained in so little. But reading Bashō, a master of haiku, as he mixes prose and poetry until there’s no distinction is even greater. Additionally, reading through and seeing his own development as a poet is a fascinating experience. The book definitely requires multiple readings of varying concentration, but whether floating on the poetry or scholarly peeling off the layers, it’s worth the time again and again.
Poetry in motion
Bashō's 'The Narrow Road To The Deep North And Other Travel Sketches'
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