How to Haiku: A Writer's Guide to Haiku and Related Forms

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Tuttle Publishing, 2002 - Literary Collections - 167 pages
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Haiku is one of the best known and least understood of poetic forms. In the wrong hands, haiku becomes a cliché. In the hands of the poet who truly understands the form, haiku is thought-provoking, expressive, and insightful. This book shows readers how to understand and write their own haiku. In addition, Bruce Ross, eminently respected in American haiku circles, offers examples and instruction in related Japanese art forms including - Senryu, commentary on human nature, often in the form of humorous or ironic observations; Haibun, a short, autobiographical narrative followed by a haiku; Tanka, imaginative poems full of highly personal, emotional expression Haiga, a drawing accompanied by a commentary in haiku form; Renga, a collaboration of a group of writers to form linked sequences of poetry; With clear explanations, plentiful examples, and innovative writing assignments, How to Haiku is a must-have book for anyone who wants to know more about these most precise and fascinating poetic forms of expression.

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