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Essential Haiku
     

Essential Haiku

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by Hass, Robert Hass (Translator)
 

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American readers have been fascinated, since their exposure to Japanese culture late in the nineteenth century, with the brief Japanese poem called the hokku or haiku. The seventeen-syllable form is rooted in a Japanese tradition of close observation of nature, of making poetry from subtle suggestion. Infused by its great practitioners with the

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Essential Haiku 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BdylanT303 More than 1 year ago
I have read many translations of haiku, especially that of Basho, the original haiku master, and for me Hass has captured the essence of haiku in a way that no other translator has. With Hass you feel the spirituality, sensitivity and humor of this art form, sometimes captured in a single punctuation mark. Because haiku are so short, every word, every dash is imperative to its aesthetic pronouncement. Hass, being a significant poet in his own right, has the ability to convey much more than the literal - he gets as close as one can to expressing the eternal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly well written haiku. Really gives you a new perspective and insight into what life was like in Feudal Japan. I originally was not a fan of haiku but this book brought tears to my eyes with it's honesty and raw emotion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read.