Haiku Form

Haiku Form

by Joan Giroux

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This classic book is a collection and analysis of Japanese haiku in the English language.

The Haiku is a brief poetic form expressing a moment of insight. No foreign form since the sonnet has so fascinated and challenged the poets of the English-speaking world. Yet no scholar or critic, until now, has undertaken a definitive study of the problems of writing haiku in English.

This book, the first of its kind, examines English language haiku in the light of Japanese form. Author Joan Giroux explicates the meaning and history of the Japanese haiku, its cultural background the creative process which gives it birth and the technical devices developed by Japanese poets over the centuries. Examples by classic and contemporary poets, including Basho and Buson, Shiki and Hastutaro, are given Romanized Japanese and in English translation. Poems, in English, from early efforts by Ezra Pound and Wallace Stevens to work of contemporaries like James Hackett, are discussed and evaluated. Wherever possible, comparisons are made, contrast indicated and suggestions given, with a rare sensitivity to the poetic possibilities of both languages and keen appreciation of the unique qualities of both cultures.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462913299
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 12/15/1989
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 998,167
File size: 5 MB

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very appealing book. The layout is elegant and the information very helpful. The author covers the basics of haiku history and construction, with particular attention to the English speaker and writer. Particularly meaningful is the attention to the deeper concepts of haiku, such as the author's insight into his/her place in nature. The concept of haiku as a breath's length poem is a central concept, as well as the difficulties and possibilities of presenting the brevity in the English language. Highly recommended.