The Art of Haiku: Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters

The Art of Haiku: Its History through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters

by Stephen Addiss

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ISBN-13: 9781590308868
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 584,419
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Stephen Addiss, PhD, is Professor of Art at the University of Richmond in Virginia. A scholar-artist, he has exhibited his ink paintings and calligraphy in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He is also the author or coauthor of more than thirty books and catalogues about East Asian arts, including The Sound of One Hand: The Paintings and Calligraphy of Zen Master Hakuin.

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mockingbird88 More than 1 year ago
The Art of Haiku Stephen Addiss If you enjoy short poems or delightful visual art, this book is for you. It was my first introduction to haiga, visual art specifically created to accompany haiku. Addiss illustrates his work liberally with exemplary poems and samples of visual works created to accompany them, stressing the point that they were created to be enjoyed together. He traces the history of short form poetry in Japanese society, beginning with tanka, a five line form poem popular early in the previous millennium and continued into the present day. He contrasts it with the Chinese style poetry which was popular in the imperial court. He follows this with biographies of the three acknowledged masters of Haiku and Haiban, Basho (17th century), Buson (18h century)and Issa (19th century). The chapters on these three include illustrations of their artwork, as do the sections on Zen poets and early 20th century haiku poets. He ends the work at World War II, stating that Haiku has since become a world wide phenomenon, and a description of it in recent years would fill another book. I found this book a delightful read.