Haiku Inspirations

Overview

A haiku is a short Japanese poem, mostly of just three lines, often capturing the fleeting moment in a spirit of Zen like immediacy - the falling of plum blossom, the splash of a frog as it leaps into a pond.

This book is a beautifully illustrated celebration of the places, people, customs, festivals and transient pleasures evoked by this much loved verse form. Fresh new translations of more than 50 haiku accompanied by sympathetic landscape ...

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Overview

A haiku is a short Japanese poem, mostly of just three lines, often capturing the fleeting moment in a spirit of Zen like immediacy - the falling of plum blossom, the splash of a frog as it leaps into a pond.

This book is a beautifully illustrated celebration of the places, people, customs, festivals and transient pleasures evoked by this much loved verse form. Fresh new translations of more than 50 haiku accompanied by sympathetic landscape photographs, woodcut prints and calligraphy irresistibly capture the spirit of old Japan.

The book traces the evolution of haiku from courtly accomplishments in Kyoto during the Heian period (9th century to 12th centuries) to the work of the great haiku poets of the 17th and 19th centuries. Also explored thoroughly in the book is the cultural background of haiku - everything from Zen Buddhism and Shinto shrines to the samurai warrior code, tea ceremonies, and Noh and Kabuki theater.

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"Pray, you try Japanese Hokku, my American poets!" Over the next century, Yone Noguchi's 1904 plea was answered by hundreds of Westerners who experimented, not always successfully, with this tightly knotted imagistic form. In Haiku Inspirations, British-born, Cambridge-educated Tom Lowenstein enhances this creative hoard with adept translations of 50 classic Japanese haiku poems. A field of cherry blossoms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785829799
  • Publisher: Book Sales, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Series: Inspirations Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 622,702
  • Product dimensions: 7.16 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Lowenstein is an anthropologist, cultural historian and poet. His previous books include Buddhist Inspirations and several collections of poetry. In addition to the chapters on Symbol and Belief and The Poet's World, he has written more than 50 new translations of haiku poems for Haiku Inspirations.Dr. Victoria James, co-author of the book, is a journalist. She lived in Tokyo for five years, working as Arts Editor of The Japan Times and spending two years studying Japanese as a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation scholar. She contributed the chapters on Society and Court Life, Nature, and Arts and Culture.Tom Lowenstein is an anthropologist, cultural historian and poet. His previous books include Buddhist Inspirations and several collections of poetry. In addition to the chapters on Symbol and Belief and The Poet's World, he has written more than 50 new translations of haiku poems for Haiku Inspirations.Dr. Victoria James, co-author of the book, is a journalist. She lived in Tokyo for five years, working as Arts Editor of The Japan Times and spending two years studying Japanese as a Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation scholar. She contributed the chapters on Society and Court Life, Nature, and Arts and Culture.
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