Basho: The Complete Haiku of Matsuo Basho


This is the essential English edition of the complete poems of the eminent Japanese master of the haiku, Matsuo Basho.
Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) is arguably the greatest figure in the history of Japanese literature and the master of the haiku. Basho: The Complete Haiku of Matsuo Basho offers in English a full picture of the haiku of Basho, 980 poems in all. Andrew Fitzsimons’ translation is the first to adhere strictly to form: all of the poems are translated following the syllabic count of the originals. This book also translates a number of Basho’s headnotes to poems ignored by previous English-language translators.

This book is in a paperback format and measures 12.7 x 19.7 x 3.3 cm.



  • Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.7 x 3.3 cm.
  • Weight: 408 g
  • Translation: Andrew Fitzsimons
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Pages: 472
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN:9780520385580