The Haiku Handbook -25th Anniversary Edition: How to Write, Teach, and Appreciate Haiku

The Haiku Handbook -25th Anniversary Edition: How to Write, Teach, and Appreciate Haiku


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The Haiku Handbook is the first book to give readers everything they need to begin appreciating, writing, or teaching haiku. In this groundbreaking and now-classic volume, the authors present haiku poets writing in English, Spanish, French, German, and five other languages on an equal footing with Japanese poets. Not only are the four great Japanese masters of the haiku represented (Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki) but also major Western authors not commonly known to have written poetry in this form, including Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac and Richard Wright.

With a new foreword by poet, translator, and author Jane Reichhold (Basho: The Complete Haiku), this anniversary edition presents a concise history of the Japanese haiku, including the dynamic changes throughout the twentieth century as this beloved poetry form has been adapted to modern and urban settings. Full chapters are offered on form, the seasons in haiku, and haiku craft, plus background on the Japanese poetic tradition and the effect of translation on our understanding of haiku. Other unique features are chapters on teaching and sharing haiku, with lesson plans for both elementary and secondary school use; a seasonal word index of poetic words; a comprehensive glossary; and a list of enduring classic resources for further exploration. By any standard, The Haiku Handbook is the defining volume in the genre.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568365404
Publisher: Kodansha USA
Publication date: 09/20/2013
Edition description: Anniversary
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 586,283
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM J. HIGGINSON (1938–2008) has been called "the guru of American haiku." For over 40 years, Higginson translated, wrote, commented about, lectured on and taught haiku. He was the author or editor of more than 30 books.

PENNY HARTER is a widely-published poet. She is a poet-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council of the Arts and has won three poetry fellowships from the Council, as well as an award from the Poetry Society of America. Harter has worked for many years as a teaching poet for the Council's Arts-in-Education program; she also travels extensively, giving workshops and lectures.

Table of Contents

Foreword Jane Reichhold ix

A Note on the Translations and Some Words of Thanks xiii

A Note on Japanese Pronunciations and Names xvii

Part 1 Haiku Old and New

1 Why Haiku? 3

2 The Four Great Master of Japanese Haiku 7

3 Modern Japanese Haiku 25

4 Early Haiku in the West 49

5 The Haiku Movement in English 63

6 Haiku Around the World 77

Part 2 The Art of Haiku

7 Nature and Haiku 87

8 The Form of Haiku 97

9 The Craft of Haiku 115

10 Sharing Haiku 139

Part 3 Teaching Haiku

11 Haiku for Kids 151

12 A Lesson Plan That Works, by Penny Harter 165

Part 4 Before and Beyond Halku

13 Before Haiku 181

14 Haiku Prose 209

15 Beyond Haiku 223

16 The Uses of Haiku 243

Reference Section

Season-Word List and Index 263

Glossary 287

Resources 296

Credits and Acknowledgments 314

General Index 325

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The Haiku Handbook -25th Anniversary Edition: How to Write, Teach, and Appreciate Haiku 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm learning about Haiku and bought this on the recommendation and reviews of others. It's chock full of the history, nuances and differences of writing haiku across languages and cultures. I plan to read it again after I've had more practice writing the English 5-7-5 format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago