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On Love And Barley



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Author: Basho, Matsuo
ISBN: 9780140444599
Publisher: Penguin UK
Year First Published: 1986
Pages: 96
Dimensions: 198mm x 131mm x 6mm
Format: Paperback / softback

His poems combine ‘karumi’, or lightness of touch, with the Zen ideal of oneness with creation. Each poem evokes the natural world – the cherry blossom, the leaping frog, the summer moon or the winter snow – suggesting the smallness of human life in comparison to the vastness and drama of nature. Basho himself enjoyed solitude and a life free from possessions, and his haiku are the work of an observant eye and a meditative mind, uncluttered by materialism and alive to the beauty of the world around him.