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Basho and His Interpreters


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Introduction 1. The making of a poet, 1644-1677 2. Haikai master in Edo 1678-1683 3. Two western journeys, 1684-1688 4. The narrow road to the far north, 1689-1691 5. Last years, 1692-1694 Notes Glossary Bibliography Index.

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Makoto Ueda is Professor of Japanese at Stanford University.


Matsuo Basho is perhaps the best known of all classical Japanese poets, achieving a prodigious output in a variety of genres and styles. His impact on the literature and philosophy of that country has been great. Ueda aids us by selecting some of Basho's best efforts and then relating them to the body of criticism available. This approach is especially effective, for it facilitates use of the text for the two stated purposes of translation and criticism availability. More than that, a useful chronological history of Basho the man emerges from the work and commentaries provided. Especially helpful are the references to hokku' s development into haiku, and the emergence of karumi, that style of ``lightness'' that is the hallmark of the mature Basho. Filled with erudite scholarship and evocative of an age of great literature, this book is essential for all collections of poetic literature and criticism and is highly recommended for academic libraries as well.-- Mike Heines, USAF Rome Laboratory Technical Lib., N.Y.

"The first book in a Western language that conveys the richness, range, genius, and power of Basho's poetry... A gem of a work." - Chanoyu Quarterly

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