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@Read Book à Basho's Narrow Road: Spring and Autumn Passages (Rock Spring Collection of Japanese Literature) è Matsuo Basho Is Considered Japan S Greatest Haiku Poet Narrow Road To The Interior Oku No Hosomichi Is His Masterpiece Ostensibly A Chronological Account Of The Poet S Five Month Journey In Into The Deep Country North And West Of The Old Capital, Edo, The Work Is In Fact Artful And Carefully Sculpted, Rich In Literary And Zen Allusion And Filled With Great Insights And Vital Rhythms In Basho S Narrow Road Spring And Autumn Passages, Poet And Translator Hiroaki Sato Presents The Complete Work In English And Examines The Threads Of History, Geography, Philosophy, And Literature That Are Woven Into Basho S Exposition He Details In Particular The Extent To Which Basho Relied On The Community Of Writers With Whom He Traveled And Joined In Linked Verse Renga Poetry Sessions, An Example Of Which, A Farewell Gift To Sora, Is Included In This Volume In Explaining How And Why Basho Made The Literary Choices He Did, Sato Shows How The Poet Was Able To Transform His Passing Observations Into Words That Resonate Across Time And Culture I found this a difficult book to read, and much of it had to do with the platform I chose an e book.I had wanted to read this for its pilgrimage narrative I wasn t surprised it was a challenge after all, it was originally written in a language and about a land I don t know, by the individual considered the master of haiku which I also don t know much about But that s why I chose this version, which is heavily annotated with footnotes and endnotes Unfortunately, the e book edition isn t equipped with links so the notes can easily be accessed from the text Moreover, while the book contains a map outlining the journey that was taken, the map had poor resolution my my e reader.Since so many references were foreign to me due to time and place, having easy access to the notes would have made all the difference As it was, I didn t know what the poet was talking about most of the time.I did find the introduction to be helpful, explaining much about the nature of Japanese poetry Much poetry writing was undertaken as a group endeavor much like a modern poetry slam, I imagine, except according to highly ritualized stylized rules Who knew An elegant look at the physical and cultural landscape of Tokugawa Japan The Narrow Road depicts a country steeped in poetry and legend, and lends insight to the labors and pastimes of its people.At times, the density of footnotes and endnotes make reading slow and difficult However, they are necessary to transmit the whole picture The work of poets like Basho is at once minimalist and highly contextual without a familiarity with Japanese poetic tradition, key references go by unmarked, and the resulting haiku are diminished In short, it is a difficult book to appreciate without an acquaintance with Japanese history, language, and geography But the reward for careful reading is a portrait in words of a journey through a beautiful countryside. ClassicTruly a wonderful translation of a Japanese classic I found the copious footnotes and endnotes distracting, rather than enhancing my reading experience However, this was a lovely and educational read.