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Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems

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This celebration of what is perhaps the most influential of all poetic
forms takes haiku back to its Japanese roots, beginning with poems by
the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century masters Basho, Busson, and
Issa, and going all the way up to the late twentieth century to provide
a survey of haiku through the centuries, in all its minimalist glory.
The translators have balanced

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Published June 22nd 2011 by Shambhala Publications, Inc. (first published 2009)
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Khashayar Mohammadi
Absolutely LOVED the "Human Voices" section
Aoi
Jul 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
3.5 Stars

A compilation of haiku poets from the ancient masters (Basho, Issa) to pre mordern authors (Soseki). While the selections were top notch , I couldn't but hope for a more complete experience - the original work written by the side, or a brief write up of the poets lives and era that influenced their works.

Without further to ado, some 'snapshots' -

White plum blossoms
return to the withered tree—
moonlit night

—BUSON

The retreating shapes
of the passing spring—
wisteria

—KANA-JO

How interesting—
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Eadweard
Opening their hearts
Ice and water become
Friends again - Teishitsu

Not in a hurry
To blossom
Plum tree at my gate - Issa

Both partners
Sport whiskers
Cats' love - Raizan

A camelia falls
Spilling out
Yesterday's rain - Buson

Could they be sutras?
In the temple well
Frogs chant - Kansetsu

On the brushwood gate
In place of a lock
One snail - Issa

Inhaling clouds
Exhaling clouds
Mountaintop pines - Anonymous

The old dog
Leading the way
Visiting family graves - Issa

The autumn wind
Takes the shape
Of pampas grass - Kigin

Wor
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Miri
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never cared much for poetry, but wow. It turns out that I looooove Japanese haiku. (I think if I'd known that haiku are usually about the seasons and nature, I might have gotten interested sooner.) These poems are so simple and beautiful. Since they're only three short lines, they're very much like snapshots, and the scene that pops into your head is as much a part of the poem as the actual words. Just gorgeous.
S.B. Wright
This anthology collects together a number of well known Haiku from the acknowledged masters Basho, Buson, Issa and Shiki as well as lesser known poets, many of whom were students of the aforementioned and later became masters in their own right. There’s also a number of well known Haiku by anonymous poets.

The span of history covered by the collection runs from about the 1640’s until the present day, with the volume weighted towards the earlier periods. The collection includes a lengthy intro tha
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MEGAN C
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Ah! Beautiful!
Rob
Feb 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Simple, beautiful poems about nature. The book presents the poems with some illustrations from Japanese artists.

There is a introduction that discusses the translations, and some information on the poets. The poems are organized into 3 groups: the pulse of nature; human voices, and resonance and reverberation. There is no interpretation on meaning of individual poems. It's all about the poems :-)
John Muñoz
Apr 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In contrast to the way I speak and write - inarticulate, at times, overly verbose, and going off on tangents - I appreciate and wish I could be like people who are laconic, precise, and economic with word choice. I dabble in writing poetry and short fiction every once in a while and being judicious and brief as possible in try to get my point across or convey an image the biggest obstacle I've as of yet come across.

Being no critic of poetry, instead, I'll just post ten of my favorite haiku poem
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Eshita Dey
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book traces the roots of Haiku back to where it all started and features the works of the famous Haiku poets like Basho.
Quite nice, this one!
Debbie
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful collection of Haiku to stimulate my interest in the form. The double bonus is the simple, yet gorgeous sketches throughout the work. This one will sit on my end table for many years to come!
Cade
Mar 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick reading. Some very enjoyable haiku. The introduction was interesting in the discussion of the role of translation in regard to the poetic meter of haiku, which is something I have often wondered about. Hard to make a literary translation and keep a 5-7-5 meter.
⋟Kimari⋞
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: japan, poetry, asia
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The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa
Arthur Johnson
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love Haiku, then this is the ultimate anthology. I can't recommend this book more. I have it both on my Kindle, and on my bookshelf. All the greats are here, including Basho.
Jim Krotzman
Great Japanese haiku. Good biographies of the poets.
Matt
Jun 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A nice collection by topic, although without the original Japanese phonetics.
Christina
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mother's day gift from number one son.
Elizabeth Licata
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good translation, but the selection was limited to a couple dozen authors.
Nathaniel
Jun 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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