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Cherry Blossoms: Japanese Haiku
     

Cherry Blossoms: Japanese Haiku

by Peter Beilenson
 
Step into a series of dazzling, funny, melancholy, and joyous moments with this collection of haiku masterworks. Beloved translator Peter Beilenson’s goals were twofold: to craft a book of haiku accessible to anyone, and to render his best guess at what the poets would have written in English. His translations preserve the sublime spirit of each verse,

Overview

Step into a series of dazzling, funny, melancholy, and joyous moments with this collection of haiku masterworks. Beloved translator Peter Beilenson’s goals were twofold: to craft a book of haiku accessible to anyone, and to render his best guess at what the poets would have written in English. His translations preserve the sublime spirit of each verse, conjuring vivid visual and emotional imagery in spare words.

Haiku icon Basho is represented amply here, as are imagery-virtuoso Buson and wry, warm, painfully human Issa. The verses of Shiki, Joso, Kyorai, Kikaku, Chora, Gyodai, Kakei, Izen, and others also appear, illuminated by lovely woodblock prints. From the peaceful (<i>Moonlight nightingale/Casts a whistling line of sound/Over the millpond</i> –Basho) to the lively (<i>Sudden radiance…/After October rainstorm/Re-reddened peppers</i> –Buson) to the downright absurd (<i>Ah sacred swallow…/Twittering from your nest in/Great Buddha’s nostril</i> –Issa), this collection will stir your senses and your heart.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016075327
Publisher:
Peter Pauper Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/07/2013
Series:
Peter Pauper Press Vintage Editions , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
61
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

In 1960, Peter Pauper Press translated and designed this volume with an eye to creating a beautiful and accessible introduction to haiku. This approachable rendition of the poetry our founder Peter Beilenson loved was crafted with the hope of sparking greater interest in this spare poetic form. We invite you to enjoy each luminous verse.

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