In later life Basho turned to Zen Buddhism and the travel sketches in this volume reflect his attempts to cast off earthly attachments and reach out to spiritual fulfillment. The sketches are written in the haibun style--a linking of verse and prose. The title piece, in particular, reveals Basho striving to discover a vision of eternity in the transient world around him and is his personal evocation of the mysteries of the universe.
I expected to really love this, but I only like it. It's a bit hard to get into .. unlike Basho's poems (there are translated poems littered throughout of course). Read morePublished 3 months ago by R.E. Settle
An excellent teaching tool for the Oriental enthusiast. The sacred old life is here.Published 3 months ago by Gordon T. Osing
Quite a good introduction tracing the development of structure in Japanese poetry. An enjoyable book, and Basho is simply loveable. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Catherine
Basho's haiku have such an amazing impact on how one views nature. Simple yet profound insights into beauties that surround us.Published 12 months ago by Liz Cadwell
Purchased this as a replacement for an older edition that was in tatters from use. Lovely and compact reflections on the author's travels. A unique vision. Most happy to have it.Published on April 29, 2013 by C. Wallace