Yosa Buson (1716-1783) was one of the great haikuists of Japan's Edo period. His work is technically adroit and finely-attuned to visual details in a broad landscape. Although Buson's work shows some influence from his predecessor Basho, as well as from classical Chinese writers, the poems are wholly his own in their scope and sensuality.
The first complete bilingual translation of the Buson Kushu, a comprehensive collection of the haiku of Yosa Buson (1716-1783), this new volume showcases the delicate yet powerful nature of Buson's poetry. Renowned translators W. S. Merwin and Takako Lento worked for a decade to co-translate these poems into versions as luminous as the original Japanese. Filled with philosophical questioning and a deep engagement with the realities of life, Buson delivers verse unlimited by convention. Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson is an essential volume of world literature.Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson
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