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Basho by Bashō Matsuo
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Jul 15, 2010

really liked it
Read from July 16, 2010 to March 08, 2012

I am not a poetry or a haiku buff.

Frankly, there are a lot of uninteresting poems in the book. Lots of cherry blossoms and lots of snow.

But when they work, they _work_. My ratio is about one memorable poem for every 20 or so. Since there are 1,011 poems in the book, thats really not bad at all.

Really, what one reads is the translator. I've yet to compare two different translators' renditions, but from what I've read online of Basho's this book is pretty solid.

Moreover, the translator is judicious and gives very detailed notes of each translation. Each poem's first line is indexed, which is helpful as they seldom have titles.

The biography and discussion are well written and to-the-point.

Also of note is that the book offers the complete works of Basho, not an anthology.
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