The Haiku of Basho

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Pub Date: 07/23/2019

Pages: 336

Trim: 7 x 10

Publisher: Global Book Sales

Imprint: The Buddhist Society

ISBN 13: 9780901032546

ISBN 10: 0901032549

Price: / $58.99 CAN$45.00

The Haiku of Basho

By John White, Kemmyo Taira Sato

Price: $45.00



About the Book

Matsuo Basho (1644–1694) was the most famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. He is universally recognised as the greatest master of haiku. His work is internationally renowned, and in his native land, many of his poems are reproduced on monuments and traditional sites. Basho was introduced to poetry at a young age, and after integrating himself into the intellectual scene of Edo (now Tokyo) he quickly became well known throughout Japan. He originally taught for a living, but later in his short life he chose to wander across the county, finally journeying into the northern wilderness to seek inspiration for his writing. His poems were influenced by his direct experience of the natural world, and he could enshrine the essence of what he saw in a few simple poetic elements. This new translation of three hundred of Basho’s haiku reflects the freestanding 5-7-5 form which most epitomizes the poet’s subtle literary brilliance.

About the Book

A new and important translation of three hundred haiku of Matsuo Basho, the most famous poet of Japan's Edo period.


Professor John White is an art historian, former Vice-Provost of University College London, and the author of a number of books on Medieval and Renaissance art. He is also a poet, and Trustee and Honorary Secretary of the Three Wheels Shin Buddhist Temple in London. Professor Kemmyo Taira Sato is Director of the Three Wheels Shin Buddhist Temple in London, and Visiting Professor at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.