The Classic Tradition of Haiku: An Anthology

The Classic Tradition of Haiku: An Anthology

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Edited by Faubion Bowers

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  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 204mm x 8mm | 82g
  • Publication date: 24 January 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0486292746
  • ISBN 13: 9780486292748
  • Sales rank: 15,821

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A highly distilled form of Japanese poetry, haiku consist of 17 syllables, usually divided among three lines. This unique collection spans over 400 years (1488–1902) of haiku history by the greatest masters: Basho, Issa, Shiki and many more, in translations by top-flight scholars in the field. Editor Faubion Bowers provides a Foreword and many informative notes to the poems.

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A highly distilled form of Japanese poetry, haiku consists of seventeen syllables, usually divided among three lines. Though brief, they tell a story or paint a vivid picture, leaving it to the reader to draw out the meanings and complete them in the mind's eye. Haiku often contains a hidden dualism (near and far, then and now, etc.) and has a seasonal tie-in, as well as specific word-images that reveal deeper layers in each poem. This unique collection spans over 400 years (1488-1902) of haiku history by the greatest masters: Bashō, Issa, Shiki, and many more, in translations by top-flight scholars in the field. Haiku commands enormous respect in Japan. Now readers of poetry in the West can savor these expressive masterpieces in this treasury compiled by noted writer Faubion Bowers, who provides a Foreword and many informative notes to the poems.

Table of contents

Foreword Acknowledgments to Translators Iio Sogi Socho Yamazaki Sokan Arakida Moritake Matsunaga Teitoku Matsue Shigeyori [Ishu] Yasuhara Teishitsu Nishiyama Soin Ihara Saikaku Yamaguchi Sodo Ichikawa Danjuro I Kitamura Kigin Hojo Dansui Matsuo Basho Takarai Kikaku Hattori Ransetsu Mukai Kyorai Kosugi Issho Ochi Etsujin Shida Yaba Kagami Shiko Tachibana Hokushi Nozawa Boncho Yamamoto Kakei Ogawa Haritsu Sanboku Kawai Otokuni Anonymous Den Sute-jo Uejima Onitsura Chigetsu Shofu-ni Ogawa Shushiki Takeda [Tome] Uko-ni Kaga no Chiyo Hayano Hajin Gozan Tan Taigi Yagi Shokyu-ni Yosa Buson Oshima Ryota Tagami Kikusha-ni Kobayashi Issa Otomo Oemaru Ichikawa Danjuro V Sakurai Baishitsu Kubota Seifu-jo Masaoka Shiki