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Essential Poets #20: Essential Haiku Volume 20

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Publisher Comments:

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 1950's.

This definite collection brings together in fresh translations by an American poet the essential poems of the three greatest masters: Matsuo Basho in the seventeenth century; Yosa Buson in the eighteenth century; and Kobayashi Issa in the early nineteenth century. Robert Haas has written a lively and informed introduction, provided brief examples by each poet of their work in the halibun, or poetic prose form, and included informal notes to the poems. This is a useful and inspiring addition to The Essential Poets series.

Book News Annotation:

A collection of the three greatest masters of haiku--Basho (17th century), Buson (18th century), and Issa (19th century)--chosen, translated, and introduced by the distinguished American poet Robert Haas. Published by The Ecco Press, 100 West Broad St., Hopewell, NJ 08525.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Robert Hass is the author of two earlier collections of poems, Field Guide and Praise, and a book of essays, Twentieth Century Pleasures. He has also collaborated with Czeslaw Milosz on the translation of his poems, most recently Collected Poems. His many honors include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur fellowship and the 1984 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism. He has taught for many years at St. Mary's College of California and is currently a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780880013727
Editor:
Hass, Robert
Other:
Matsuo, Basho
Editor:
Hass, Robert
Author:
Hass
Other:
Kobayashi, Issa
Publisher:
Ecco
Location:
Hopewell, N.J. :
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Asian - General
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Japanese poetry
Subject:
Haiku
Subject:
Japanese poetry -- Edo period, 1600-1868 -- Translations into English.
Subject:
Poesâia japonesa
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Japanese poetry -- Edo period, 1600-1868.
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Essential Poets (Paperback Ecco)
Series Volume:
v. 20
Publication Date:
19940521
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
7.77x5.61x1.22 in. 1.13 lbs.

Related Subjects

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Religion » Eastern Religions » Japanese Religion and Literature

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