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Illustrated Basho Haiku Poems (Little eBook Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Gary Gauthier
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book can be used to explore the subtle beauty of haiku poetry, as a guide to meditation, or to appreciate the reproduced paintings that accompany the poems. The paintings are in brilliant color and each features the Japanese parasol.

Matsuo Basho (1644 - 1694) was born Matsuo Kinsaku during the early Edo period in Japan. During his lifetime, Basho was recognized for his work in a poetic form that was a precursor to the haiku. Over the course of time, Basho became recognized as an unparalleled master of the haiku. His work is internationally renowned, and his poems are reproduced at many historical sites in Japan.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1951 KB
  • Print Length: 85 pages
  • Publisher: The Little eBook Classics Factory (March 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U2ALC6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,319 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for iPad version, 3 for Kindle 6 inch version August 28, 2011
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I now have an iPad as well as the 6-inch, B&W Kindle, so I am re-writing the original review I had placed here.

An interesting concept: high resolution, antique paintings of women inserted between the poems. This is what makes it difficult to enjoy this book on the black and white 6-inch Kindle--with its flashing one of these pictures every other poem being a little tough on the eyes--more the Kindle's fault, I suppose.

Yet, on the iPad, these color pictures are glorious and very well formatted. The Haiku, of course, on both devices, are ancient and immortal, written by Basho. The transitions from one painting to the next are smooth.

The pictures are antique portrayals of European women in parks, at tea, dawdling about; they appear to be English aristocrats. There was one picture (painting) of an Oriental family and the family horse. Beautiful. But the paintings jar a bit with the book theme and the Basho poems. The Haiku are unrelated to the pictures' themes, as far I can tell with my limited experience with Haiku.

Nevertheless, on the iPad, these antique paintings are beautiful and very well done by the publisher and author. On the 6-inch B&W Kindle, not so terrific. However, in either, case, the book price is a bargain.

Note, that with the Kindle app, you can access your Kindle purchases from your Kindle Archives onto the iPad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Picture's In the Poem August 9, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book because of the author's selection of haiku poems. I've studied Basho and his poems and used them for teaching the haiku form, but this book has a selection of his work I've never seen before and it's outstanding. The reason I didn't give this a five is because the drawings seem miscalculated, in my opinion. The Asian drawings are fine but the American, and possibly British drawings from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century seem out of time and place. Basho's best poems I feel relate nature to the human condition and because he focuses on an image, that image is the picture. Although some people believe that the meaning of the haiku is only in the haiku itself, I feel once the image impacts our senses, those overwrougt with the philosophy that everything has meaning (like myself), find all kinds of connections and questions arising from something as simple as a frog jumping in a pond.

Regardless of various readers' philosophies, this is a charming book and one that can be re-read and re-appreciated. For who doesn't like the haiku's sudden imagery stirring the mind's eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most interesting March 8, 2014
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An unusual balance of art and poetry. I enjoyed being taken out of my comfort zone. Try it, you might like it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haiku February 3, 2014
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I read it all the way through and enjoyed every poem. I love writing Haiku.It is really a mental workout to express ones self in so few words.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Why not Basho as author January 5, 2014
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The poetry and illustrations were themselves a joy to read and look at. I love the economy of words in haiku. But why is the poet's name not attributed as author?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tasty Noche of Haiku November 30, 2013
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A really delightful little illustrated book of fine Haikus by Basho. Includes a nice bio, too. Just right for when you feel like nibbling at some good poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most enjoyable set of Haikus with beautiful renderings. November 10, 2013
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Being a Haiku lover I found this book to be most enjoyable although very short. The art renderings are especially beautiful when viewed on an iPad Retina. A most enjoyable collection of Basho's Haikus for daily enjoyment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars quaint, delightful read September 27, 2013
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A quaint, delightful read. A beautiful collection of basho haikus.
For basho haiku afcionados a beautiful read! ~Reynaldo C. 'Joy of Writing Haikus'
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice poetry, nice pictures, but they don't go together.
The poetry is very nice & the pictures are also nice, but they don't go together. A little weird to have a nice haiku about the seasons paired with European women. Read more
Published 8 months ago by susan weller
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Haiku
I bought the Kindle version of this book. I enjoyed the Haiku but was disappointed not to be able to see the lovely illustrations in their full color as I have the earlier version... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lynn Coulibaly
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I bought it
Basho is always the benchmark for haikus and this translation is better than most.
If I have crib is that the illustrations jar. Japanese poems deserve a japanese motif
Published 11 months ago by Randhir
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Haiku
Basho is the greatest writer of Haiku and these selections are wonderful. I agree with others about the choice of pictures because they do nothing to bring out the beauty of the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I should have known from the description what I was getting into. Basho out of context. Not nearly as great as when in.
Published 16 months ago by Mark Statman
3.0 out of 5 stars Weird edition, but still Basho
Missing some of my favorite Basho haikus. Translations are iffy. Also, the paintings are extraneous. Still - it's Basho for cheap.
Published 16 months ago by M. Rogne
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
The illustrations are in no way related to the text and I couldn't even bare to finish this sad excuse for haiku.
Published 16 months ago by susanna scott suchak
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