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  • Published: 1 April 1986
  • ISBN: 9780140444599
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $19.99

On Love And Barley



Basho, one of the greatest of Japanese poets and the master of haiku, was also a Buddhist monk and a life-long traveller.

His poems combine 'karumi', or lightness of touch, with the Zen ideal of oneness with creation. Each poem evokes the natural world - the cherry blossom, the leaping frog, the summer moon or the winter snow - suggesting the smallness of human life in comparison to the vastness and drama of nature. Basho himself enjoyed solitude and a life free from possessions, and his haiku are the work of an observant eye and a meditative mind, uncluttered by materialism and alive to the beauty of the world around him.

  • Published: 1 April 1986
  • ISBN: 9780140444599
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $19.99

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