Cover

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Frontmatter

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Title

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Contents

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p. vii

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Preface

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pp. ix-x

“You know, Basho is almost too appealing.” I remember this remark, made quietly, offhand, during a graduate seminar on haiku poetry. I’m not sure the other student even noticed the comment, but it spoke volumes not only about the scholar, but about Basho’s impact on Japanese culture and now...

Selected Chronology of the Life of Matsuo Basho

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pp. xi-xiii

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Introduction: The Haiku Poetry of Matsuo Basho

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pp. 1-18

Basho was standing on the western shores of Japan looking out upon the night sea. He was pausing on his long journey to the “deep north” of Japan, and he could hear the crashing of the waves. Miles beyond lay Sado Island. Sado was known as a place of riches, where gold was being mined. But even more it was known...

Translation of the Hokku

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pp. 19-154

Notes

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pp. 155-268

Major Nature Images in Basho’s Hokku

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pp. 269-278

Glossary

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pp. 279-282

Bibliography

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pp. 283-285

Index to Basho’s Hokku in Translation

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pp. 287-310

Index to Basho’s Hokku in Japanese

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pp. 311-328

Index of Names

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pp. 329-331