The Essential Haiku

The Essential Haiku

Description

American readers have been fascinated since their exposure to Japanese culture late in the nineteenth century, with the brief Japanese poem called the hokku or haiku. The seventeen-syllable form is rooted in a Japanese tradition of close observation of nature, of making poetry from subtle suggestion. Infused by its great practitioners with the spirit of Zen Buddhism, the haiku has served as an example of the power of direct observation to the first generation of American modernist poets like Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and also as an example of spontaneity and Zen alertness to the new poets of the 1950s. This definitive collection brings together in fresh translations by an American poet the essential poems of the three greatest haiku masters: Matsuo Basho in the seventeenth century; Yosa Buson in the eighteenth century; and Kobayashi Issa in the early nineteenth century. Robert Hass has written a lively and informed introduction, provided brief examples by each poet of their work in the haibun, or poetic prose form, and included informal notes to the poems. This is a useful and inspiring addition to the Essential Poets series.


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Details

Author(s)
Robert Hass
Format
Paperback | 350 pages
Dimensions
133 x 190 x 23.37mm | 380g
Publication date
18 Dec 1995
Publisher
Ecco Press
Publication City/Country
Hopewell, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
2012 ed.
ISBN10
0880013516
ISBN13
9780880013512
Bestsellers rank
217,429