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The Narrow Road to the Deep North: And Other Travel Sketches
The Narrow Road to the Deep North And Other Travel Sketches Author:Matsuo Basho This volume contains five travel sketches written, in later life, by Matsuo Basho (1644-94), the greatest of the Japanese haiku poets. Basho's genius had already given new freedom and energy to the strict haiku form of seventeen syllables, elevating it to a level of miniature perfection. Zen Buddhism was a leading influence in the school of ... more »poetry he founded. His journeys through Japan are recorded in linked prose and verse, and the title piece of these sketches is a bid by the poet to discover a vision of eternity in nature and the ephemeral world about him.« less
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