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Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems (Shambhala Library)


Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems (Shambhala Library)

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    Stephen Addiss(Author) Fumiko Yamamoto(Author)
This celebration of what is perhaps the most influential of all poetic forms takes haiku back to its Japanese roots, beginning with poems by the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century masters Basho, Busson, and Issa, and going all the way up to the late twentieth century to provide a survey of haiku through the centuries, in all its minimalist glory. The translators have balanced faithfulness to the Japanese with an appreciation of the unique spirit of each poem to create English versions that evoke the joy and wonder of the originals with the same astonishing economy of language. An introduction by the translators and short biographies of the poets are included. Reproductions of woodblock prints and paintings accompany the poems.
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  • By Sagacity on 21 January 2015

    The book started off going into detail about the Japanese meanings behind the different Haiku Poems. This was also shown in the `look inside book`option on Amazon. I presumed the detailed explanations would continue throughout the book, but sadly it was just for a few Haiku at the start of the book.It's still a nice book, but I might not have purchased it if I knew the detailed explanations would just be at the start.

  • By Truncheon999 on 22 February 2014

    A great little book, which gives you a brief introductory insight into haiku poetry. The poems themselves, are as it says on the tin "haiku", style poems, compiled in a very well made attractive looking, quality made book.

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