An introduction to haiku: an anthology of poems and poets from Bashō to Shiki

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Doubleday, 1958 - Literary Criticism - 179 pages
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A fine selection of these short, succinct verses from over 600 years of Japanese history.

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Louis Dargin - This book should be a classic. As far as introducing one to Haiku, I know of no other book which is even in the same league as this one. Mr. Henderson has a very deep understanding of the haiku masters, and he gently takes your hand to transmit the essence of that understanding to the reader. The feeling you have is that of knowing the haiku master, and why he or she wrote a particular haiku. This is especially true of Issa who he said may not have written true haiku, but the Japanese people loved him because of his poignant expression of emotion in the haiku form.
In his translations, Mr. Henderson rhymes the haiku, but he does it in such a masterful manner, that the verse seems so natural. Also, he gives the Japanese sound of the haiku. Though I could not understand it, I did at times get an appreciation of the rhythm. If you are at all interested in learning haiku, I would strongly suggest purchasing this book.


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