The Classic Tradition of Haiku

The Classic Tradition of Haiku : An Anthology

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 129.54 x 203.2 x 7.62mm | 90.72g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0486292746
  • 9780486292748
  • 27,225

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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.
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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
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