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On Love & Barley

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On Love & Barley Synopsis

In a thoughtful and perceptive introduction, Stryk sets the stage for an appreciation of what Basho's poetry has to offer, sketching his life, his times, his spirit. For most of his life Basho was a recluse. He lived on the outskirts of Edo (Tokyo) in a hut shaded by an exotic banana tree (the Basho). When he traveled, he relied entirely on the hospitality of temples and fellow poets. His poems were strongly influenced by the Zen sect of Buddhism and its ideals of lightness, detachment, and appreciation of the commonplace. Basho aspired to and achieved unity of life and art, his poems become inseparable from nature.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780824810122
Publication date: 30th January 1986
Author:
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 108 pages
Categories: Poetry, Literary studies: poetry & poets,

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