Synopses & Reviews
"the dawn of New Year's Day-
how far off!"
Haiku: The Poetry of Nature showcases 60 classic haiku by such writers as Basho and Kyoshi, poets who mastered the art of this quiet yet evocative poetry form.
Haiku's simple poetry form and focus on nature have inspired and captivated people the world over. This collection of classic Japanese examples effectively displays the beauty, serenity, and simplicity of haiku. The rich illustrations that accompany the poetry reveal the talents of both the artists and poets for their ability to make the obvious seem remarkable, and the everyday extraordinary. Haiku expert David Cobb's fascinating and informative introduction describe the history and development of haiku from earliest to contemporary times; he also provides biographic information about the various featured poets. Haiku: The Poetry of Nature is a celebration of the simplicity of the natural world as told through this compelling art form, and is the perfect haiku reader for the meditative soul.
"ganjitsu ya kino ni toki asaborake"
The dawn of New Year's Day--
how far off!
In Japan, the natural scene and the details of human life are the common focus of the haiku poet and many artists. The inspiration of this book is to bring them together, revealing the talents of both the artists and poets in making the obvious seem remarkable, and the everyday seem extraordinary.
Works of art from the extensive British Museum collections are matched with a selection of the most celebrated haiku, in both their original Japanese and in sympathetic English translations.
David Cobb's informative introduction and biographical notes on the poets explain the history and development of haiku from earliest to contemporary times. "Haiku: The Poetry of Nature" is a celebration of the art of Japanese painting and poetry.
About the Author
David Cobb is a poet and freelance writer of educational books. In 1990, he helped to found the British Haiku Society, of which he is now the president. His haiku have appeared widely in anthologies and won a number of international awards. He is the editor of The Genius of Haiku: readings from R.H. Blyth, The Haiku Kit and co-editor of The Iron Book of British Haiku.
Table of Contents
Spring -- Summer -- Autumn -- Winter.