The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa (The Essential Poets, Vol. 20) pdf epub fb2

The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa (The Essential Poets, Vol. 20) by Basho, Buson, Issa, Robert Hass pdf epub fb2

The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa (The Essential Poets, Vol. 20) Author: Basho, Buson, Issa, Robert Hass
Title: The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson & Issa (The Essential Poets, Vol. 20)
ISBN: 0880013729
ISBN13: 978-0880013727
Other Formats: lrf mobi lrf azw
Pages: 329 pages
Publisher: Ecco Press (May 21, 1994)
Language: English
Category: Literature & Fiction
Size PDF version: 1846 kb
Size EPUB version: 1467 kb
Subcategory: Poetry




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.