Buy The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (Classics) New Impression by Matsuo Basho, Nobuyuki Yuasa (ISBN: ). The Narrow Road to the Deep North (奥の細道 Oku no Hosomichi) is the title of famed haiku poet Matsuo Basho’s most famous work, a poem-filled travelogue. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, travel account written by Japanese haiku master Bashō as Oku no hosomichi (“The Narrow Road to Oku”), published in.

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It was, on the other hand, an incurable folly of mine to think that, had I come here in autumn, I would have had a greater poetic success, for that only proved the poverty of my mind.

The chestnut by the eaves In magnificient bloom Passes unnoticed By men of the world. Edo period, dated Lists with This Book. I went to the Colored Beach to pick narroww some pink shells.

Jan 03, Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it Shelves: So are the years that pass by. Even though I may experience a sublime feeling upon reading one of these haiku, is it really what Basho meant to communicate? One day he took me to various places of interest which I might have missed but for his assistance.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches

This page was last edited on 20 Julyat Of all the books we read in Religion class all term, Basho was my favorite. The islands are situated in a bay about three miles wide in every direction and open to the sea through a narrow mouth on the south-east side.


But much is left to the imagination, and for the most part what is related is simple facts–where he went, where he stayed, which shrines he visited.

There was a wide expanse of grass-moor, and the town was on the other side of it. The entire beauty of this place, I thought, was best ot in the following poem by Saigyo. Station 39 – Maruoka. Just as the River Sekko in China is made full at each swell of the tide, so is this bay filled with the brimming water of the ocean and the innumerable islands are scattered over it from one end to the other.

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Even if one didn’t want to bother making the prose into something approaching literature, one might try with the haiku. This collection is comprised of the following pieces: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Early summer of the seventh year of GenrokuSoryu.

There are a great number of the ancients, too, who died on the road. The gate-keeper was kind enough to find me a young man of tremendous physique, who walked in front of me with a curved sword strapped to his waist and a stick of oak gripped firmly in his hand. Station 32 – Kisagata.

There are famous views, historical places, mountains, bays, flowers, trees about which poems have been written.

What I was hoping for here was an evocation of 17th century Japan, and times the text provides that. The distance to the city of Fukui was only three miles.

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I walked in this state of semi-blindness, picturing all sorts of views to myself, till at last I put up at a fisherman’s hut, convinced that if there was so much beauty in the dark rain, much more was promised by fair weather. The stony ground itself bore the color of eternity, paved with velvety moss. Station 30 – Gassan.

The ruined house of the brave warrior Sato was ddeep a mile and a half from this post town towards the foot of the mountains on the left. The island of Kinkazanwhile not visited by Basho, makes an interesting detour from here. I climbed Mount Haguro on the third of June.

His simple, poetic descriptions of the Japanese countryside and that poignant sense of loneliness and connection to history and nature all spoke to me vividly. I saw the Cascade of Silver Threads sparkling through the green leaves and the Temple called Sennindo standing close to goad shore.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North

The passing spring Birds mourn, Fishes weep With tearful eyes. I wanted to go that way, of course, but the muddy road after the early rain of the wet season and my own weakness stopped me. His poem, therefore, is not intended as a mere description of Mount Kurokami.