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Basho : the complete haiku / Matsuo Basho ; translated, annotated, and with an introduction by Jane Reichhold ; original artwork by Shiro Tsujimura.

By: Matsuo, Bashō, 1644-1694.
Contributor(s): Reichhold, Jane | Tsujimura, Shirō, 1947-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Tokyo ; New York : [New York] : Kodansha International ; Distributed in the United States by Kodandsha America, 2008Edition: 1st ed.Description: 431 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9784770030634; 4770030630.Uniform titles: Poems. English Subject(s): Matsuo, Bashō, 1644-1694 -- Translations into English | Haiku -- Translations into EnglishGenre/Form: Haiku.DDC classification: 895.6/132
Contents:
Early poems 1662-74 -- Bashō the professional poet 1675-79 -- A retreat to nature: a religious life 1680-83 -- Bashō's journeys in the way of the poet 1684-88 -- Bashō's journey to the interior 1689 -- At the peak and still traveling 1690-91 -- Bashō finds the secret of greatness in poetry and life 1692-94 -- Notes: commentary, literal translations, Romanized versions, and original Japanese -- App. 1. Haiku techniques -- App. 2. Selected chronology of the life of Matsuo Bashō.
Review: "Matsuo Basho stands today as Japan's most renowned writer, and one of the most revered. Yet despite his stature, Basho's complete haiku have never been collected under one cover. Until now. To render the writer's full body of work in English, Jane Reichhold, an American haiku poet and translator, dedicated over ten years to the present compilation. In Barbo: The Complete Haiku she accomplishes the feat with distinction. Dividing the poet's creative output into seven periods of development, Reichhold frames each period with a decisive biographical sketch of the poet's travels, creative influences, and personal triumphs and defeats. Supplementary material includes two hundred pages of scrupulously researched notes, which also contain a literal translation of the poem, the original Japanese, and a Romanized reading. A glossary, chronology, index of first lines, and explanation of Basho's haiku techniques provide additional background information. Finally in the spirit of Basho,elegant semi-e ink drawings by well-known Japanese artist Shiro Tsujimura front each chapter."--BOOK JACKET.
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Translated from the Japanese.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 421-422) and index.

Early poems 1662-74 -- Bashō the professional poet 1675-79 -- A retreat to nature: a religious life 1680-83 -- Bashō's journeys in the way of the poet 1684-88 -- Bashō's journey to the interior 1689 -- At the peak and still traveling 1690-91 -- Bashō finds the secret of greatness in poetry and life 1692-94 -- Notes: commentary, literal translations, Romanized versions, and original Japanese -- App. 1. Haiku techniques -- App. 2. Selected chronology of the life of Matsuo Bashō.

"Matsuo Basho stands today as Japan's most renowned writer, and one of the most revered. Yet despite his stature, Basho's complete haiku have never been collected under one cover. Until now. To render the writer's full body of work in English, Jane Reichhold, an American haiku poet and translator, dedicated over ten years to the present compilation. In Barbo: The Complete Haiku she accomplishes the feat with distinction. Dividing the poet's creative output into seven periods of development, Reichhold frames each period with a decisive biographical sketch of the poet's travels, creative influences, and personal triumphs and defeats. Supplementary material includes two hundred pages of scrupulously researched notes, which also contain a literal translation of the poem, the original Japanese, and a Romanized reading. A glossary, chronology, index of first lines, and explanation of Basho's haiku techniques provide additional background information. Finally in the spirit of Basho,elegant semi-e ink drawings by well-known Japanese artist Shiro Tsujimura front each chapter."--BOOK JACKET.

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CHOICE Review

Japanese poet Matsuo Bash (1644-94) is best known for his approximately 1,000 hokku verses (now called haiku). Of the many English translations of Bash's verse published in the US, David Barnhill's translation of 724 verses in Bash's Haiku (CH, Jun'05, 42-5704) and Makoto Ueda's 255 verses in Bash and His Interpreters (1991) stand out. And Oseko Toshiharu's two-volume Bash's Haiku (published in Japan, 1990-96) offers literal translations into English with explanations of the original language. For the present title, Reichhold (an English-language haiku poet) presents all the hokku, creating new renderings and relying on Oseko for much of her annotation. "Rendering" rather than "translation" best describes Reichhold's work. Whereas some entries are indeed translations, many have a looser relationship to the syntax and conception of Bash's originals. A few are far from Bash and appear to be based on misunderstandings. This is the case (to cite but one of dozens of possible examples) when Reichhold interprets yogi, a robe used as a sleeping quilt, as a religious practitioner (English, yogi) which she then renders as "healer." Thus, though complete, this is not an authoritative translation and needs to be approached with caution. Summing Up: Recommended. With reservations. Scholars and general readers. S. M. Strong Bates College

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JANE REICHHOLD is one of the top poets in the American haiku world. She has written over twenty books, most of them on haiku or poetry, including Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-on Guide. Three of her books have received awards from the Haiku Society of America, and she has twice won the Literature Award from the Museum of Haiku in Tokyo.


SHIRO TSUJIMURA is a renowned Japanese artist and potter with works in museums around the world. His striking work appears on the cover and throughout the Kodansha International edition of Basho's classic, A Haiku Journey.

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