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The Year of My Life

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Hardcover, 140 pages
Published January 16th 1973 by University of California Press
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Richard
Oct 02, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing
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Five stars, of course five stars, what do you expect?

Not "A Year of My Life," but "THE Year of My Life." Issa makes one year emblematic of his entire life with a mix of prose and haiku that examines the intellectual, emotional, spiritual value of the events that make up a life - birth, death, travel and its unfolding landscape, work.

We've seen a lot of the haiku as stand alone pieces, but putting them into context raises their impact in unexpected ways. The well known haiku:

The world of dew
Is th
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Everett Darling
Apr 19, 2015 Everett Darling rated it it was amazing
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A worthwhile introduction by the translator Nobuyuki Yuasa contextualizes Issa in relation to the other famous masters of Haiku, and explains the basic principles of Haiku, Renga, Waka, and Haibun. The intro. also includes some wise quotes from Bashô on the art of Haiku, including:

"What is important is to keep your mind high in the world of true understanding and yet not forget the value of that which is low. Seek always the truth of beauty, but always return to the world of common experience."

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May 13, 2012 Mike Jensen rated it really liked it
I do not like most modern poetry because it is autobiographical. I like this book because it is autobiographical. The difference is that modern poets do little, if anything, to help readers understand the context for the events that brought on the feelings they write about, so the reasons for the feelings expressed in their poems are not clear. Issa write prose telling you exactly what occasioned a poem then presents the poem. This is elegant and obvious, and it escapes the obscurity that makes ...more
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One of the best book that I have ever read....
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Shelves: favorite, poetry, asia
A journal of the Buddhist priest Issa with haiku and stories.
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Kobayashi Issa was a Japanese poet known for his haiku poems and journals. He is regarded as one of the four haiku masters in Japan, along with Bashō, Buson and Shiki. Reflecting the popularity and interest in Issa as man and poet, Japanese books on Issa outnumber those on Buson, and almost equal those on Bashō.
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