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Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems
     

Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems

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by Stephen Addiss, Fumiko Y. Yamamoto, Akira Y. Yamamoto
 

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This celebration of what is perhaps the most influential of all poetic forms takes haiku back to its Japanese roots, beginning with poems by the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century masters Basho, Busson, and Issa, and going all the way up to the late twentieth century to provide a survey of haiku through the centuries, in all its minimalist glory. The translators have

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This celebration of what is perhaps the most influential of all poetic forms takes haiku back to its Japanese roots, beginning with poems by the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century masters Basho, Busson, and Issa, and going all the way up to the late twentieth century to provide a survey of haiku through the centuries, in all its minimalist glory. The translators have balanced faithfulness to the Japanese with an appreciation of the unique spirit of each poem to create English versions that evoke the joy and wonder of the originals with the same astonishing economy of language. An introduction by the translators and short biographies of the poets are included. Reproductions of woodblock prints and paintings accompany the poems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780834822344
Publisher:
Shambhala
Publication date:
10/13/2009
Series:
Shambhala Library
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
837,964
File size:
2 MB

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From The Pulse of Nature

Opening their hearts
ice and water become
friends again
—Teishitsu

The spring sun
shows its power
between snowfalls
—Shigeyori

Not in a hurry
to blossom—
plum tree at my gate
—Issa

White plum blossoms
return to the withered tree—
moonlit night
—Buson

The warbler
wipes its muddy feet
on plum blossoms
—Issa

With each falling petal
they grow older—
plum branches
—Buson

Dried grasses—
and just a few heat waves
rising an inch or two
—Basho

Overflowing with love
the cat as coquettish
as a courtesan
—Saimaro

Both partners
sport whiskers—
cats’ love
—Raizan

Spring sun
in every pool of water—
lingering
—Issa

Meet the Author

Akira Y. Yamamoto, professor of anthropology and linguistics at the University of Kansas, taught anthropology and linguistics courses. He also works with endangered language communities in the Midwest and Southwest to document and revitalize their languages. He has been active in bringing together the language communities and professional communities for an effective and long-lasting language and culture revitalization program.

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Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Thom Dolan More than 1 year ago
This book featured a nice selection by a wide variety of poets. A must buy for any fan of haiku.