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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 hi 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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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 hi 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.

30 review for Illustrated Basho Haiku Poems (Little eBook Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessaka

    This is a small book, and if you like photos I would not get it on Kindle. This would really make a great address book. I would certainly buy it. While I didn't think that the poems were Matsuo Basho's best, it was nice seeing new poems of his. And these are a couple of my own favorites: "The temple bell stops. But the sound keeps coming out of the flowers." "Temple bells die out. The fragrant blossoms remain. A perfect evening!" This is a small book, and if you like photos I would not get it on Kindle. This would really make a great address book. I would certainly buy it. While I didn't think that the poems were Matsuo Basho's best, it was nice seeing new poems of his. And these are a couple of my own favorites: "The temple bell stops. But the sound keeps coming out of the flowers." "Temple bells die out. The fragrant blossoms remain. A perfect evening!"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    2.5 stars. Or, almost good. Most of the translations, in my opinion, failed to capture the spirit of haiku with too modern an interpretation. I failed to truly feel the spring or the summer. And when I finally did - a picture happened. In this case, the illustrations tore me out of my reading instead of enhancing it. The pictures didn't really fit the poems featured in this collection, I think. 2.5 stars. Or, almost good. Most of the translations, in my opinion, failed to capture the spirit of haiku with too modern an interpretation. I failed to truly feel the spring or the summer. And when I finally did - a picture happened. In this case, the illustrations tore me out of my reading instead of enhancing it. The pictures didn't really fit the poems featured in this collection, I think.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Shuman

    Meh While the poetry is good, the paintings of Victorian women felt ill-suited to a book about Japanese life. They spoiled the reading of it and I felt the need to just get it over with. There are better books of Basho Poetry.

  4. 5 out of 5

    P.J. Dexheimer

    So much from So little. Haiku is becoming one of faces in poetry. So simple, yet so powerful. A great little read...includes some great artwork to view between breaks.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Robert Faron

    Ordered haiku The lover haikus line up for the seasons. The lovely illustrations of women and parasols include. But no connection. Maybe Mindfulness but no explanation.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Badlydone

    I am a great admirer of Basho's work and have read multiple English translations. I was disappointed in this book for two reasons. The first is that the author tries to stick to a 5-7-5 syllable structure in English. This simply does not work as Japanese and English have different grammatical structures and English haiku capture the spirit of haiku (Wabi Sabi) only when using fewer syllables as is accepted by most of the English haiku community now. The result is that many of the translations ap I am a great admirer of Basho's work and have read multiple English translations. I was disappointed in this book for two reasons. The first is that the author tries to stick to a 5-7-5 syllable structure in English. This simply does not work as Japanese and English have different grammatical structures and English haiku capture the spirit of haiku (Wabi Sabi) only when using fewer syllables as is accepted by most of the English haiku community now. The result is that many of the translations appear "forced". My second peeve is the illustrations. Every one of them depict a lady with a Japanese parasol. While these are pretty and Renoir-sih, they do not really reflect the spirit of Basho. I preferred the translations of Jane Reichhold or Robert Hass over this one.It was Basho's work and not the author's tanslations that helped get through this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Weathers

    Artless translations and out-of-place art First, the paintings have nothing to do with Basho's poems, and practically none of the paintings have anything to do with Japan - is this a lack of taste in the author, some hybrid-Surrealistic artistic vision, or a vision from a different state of mind? Second, while I'm not expert, the translations feel flat and uninspired. I just read Jane Hirshfield's "The Heart of Haiku" and she has: roadside-skeleton-thoughts: wind penetrates through to the heart in con Artless translations and out-of-place art First, the paintings have nothing to do with Basho's poems, and practically none of the paintings have anything to do with Japan - is this a lack of taste in the author, some hybrid-Surrealistic artistic vision, or a vision from a different state of mind? Second, while I'm not expert, the translations feel flat and uninspired. I just read Jane Hirshfield's "The Heart of Haiku" and she has: roadside-skeleton-thoughts: wind penetrates through to the heart in contrast to Gauthier's: My weathered bones! Just thinking of the wind, it pierces my body. Maybe those are two separate poems - unlike Hirshfield, Gauthier does not include the original (transliterated) text.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Arthur Johnson

    Basho wonderfully illustrated. I very much enjoyed this volume of Haiku.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jack Jacobson

    A classic haiku book with great illustrations. A great book to take along when you take the "Narrow Road to the North" tour. A classic haiku book with great illustrations. A great book to take along when you take the "Narrow Road to the North" tour.

  10. 5 out of 5

    J.W. Wexford

    Great poems, crappy eBook.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Patsy Pruitt

    Beautiful pictures Poetry is very short and simple, mostly about the seasons. Pictures are of females in relaxed pose with large Japanese umbrellas.

  12. 5 out of 5

    BETH

  13. 5 out of 5

    Doug Ford

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jon P.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Frias

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robert T. Calabrese

  17. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lyndsey Ferguson

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sindhuja Vs

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paco The Poet

  21. 5 out of 5

    Janet Means

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emily H. Sturgill

  23. 4 out of 5

    Linda

  24. 4 out of 5

    younghoon kim

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vincent

  26. 4 out of 5

    Scott Robinson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Burkard

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joshua

  29. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Carl

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

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