Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Masaoka Shiki: Selected Poems” as Want to Read:
Masaoka Shiki: Selected Poems
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Masaoka Shiki: Selected Poems

by
4.43  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Here are graceful and timeless poems by one of Japan's greatest modern writers, rendered by a master translator. Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) is credited with modernizing Japan's two traditional verse forms, haiku and tanka. Born at a time of social and cultural change in Japan, Shiki welcomed the new influences from the West and responded to them by reinvigorating the native ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published April 7th 1998 by Columbia University Press
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Masaoka Shiki, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Masaoka Shiki

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.43  · 
Rating details
 ·  47 ratings  ·  10 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Masaoka Shiki: Selected Poems
Jim Coughenour
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I bought this book out of curiosity, while reading Donald Keene's biography of Masaoka Shiki. I've long admired Watson's translations of Chinese poetry, and this short selection did not disappoint. Many of Shiki's poems are vivid snapshots of a moment. A tanka from 1898:
Village sunk in sleep,
lights all gone out,
the Milky Way
white
over groves of bamboo
Lovely, even if it's close to what you'd expect. Shiki's originality appears when he drops "unpoetic" subjects into a haiku or tanka.
Beyond the
...more
Steve
Jun 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: japanese, poetry


Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)

Rustling softly
over the bamboo -
snow in the night (*)


The quintessentially Japanese poetic form haiku, consisting of a mere three lines of five, seven and five syllables, is a strange and wondrous beast. Originally called hokku because it was the initial verse in a long renga, or linked verse poem, the form could emancipate itself from its original context, I believe, due to the Japanese taste for the evanescent and slight. The primary impetus for this emancipation
...more
Jacob
May 12, 2010 rated it liked it
I did enjoy this book, although I believe Shiki's short life and immobility curbed his full potential. I have read several collections of Basho and been amazed at his variety throughout. After a while Shiki's work seemed repetitive--how much of this is due to the particular selection of works I can't honestly say having little knowledge of the author or editor. Still if you enjoy Haiku this is still worth the read. One of my favorites:

Winter winds-
the creaky noise the kettle makes
hanging from
...more
Matt Ely
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japan, poetry
This is a great distillation of Shiki's unique brand of haiku. I think it's best read slowly, a couple pages at a time. It really serves as an education on what haiku can be and how he changed the genre, especially if you're only familiar with Basho (like I was). The introduction is not overbearing; Watson gives just enough context but does not try to do the interpretive work for you. There's obviously more of Shiki's work out there, but as a slim introduction, this is all I could have hoped ...more
Michael
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Masterly translations of haiku, waka, and kanshi of Masaoka Shiki by the hand of the great Burton Watson (1925-2017) who died this spring. Most of the poems in the collection are haiku, narrowing in perspective but not power as Shiki's world becomes limited to what he can see and hear from his sickbed. My only complaint is not to have more of the kanshi, the poems written in Chinese. I will now return to Donald Keene's biography of Shiki.
Emma
This book had an excellent introduction explaining the origin and structure of authentic haiku.

Read my short review with one excerpt: https://wordsandpeace.com/2020/02/09/...
Brandon
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: japan, poetry
Shiki, as always, reminds me of my own need to practice and what one could achieve if one learned from him. In true haiku form he lacks the prejudice against summer and winter poems, in which I think he supercedes Bashō's relentlessly classics-oriented verse. I don't mean supercedes in an absolute sense, but supercedes in the sense that Shiki knows he can apply the haiku form to more situations than Bashō, who was much more concerned with communal linked verse and expanding the kinds of ...more
Liam
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I read this today on my 55th birthday. It just seems fitting to me to read haiku because I love it. Shiki is a great haiku poet and deserves to be among the four masters of the genre. This book starts with a good introduction to both haiku and the poet. Shiki wrote over 25,000 haiku, so the trouble is selecting them for publication. He includes the seasonal work and many have the turns we expect in this genre.
Linda
Jun 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry-stuff
A selected collection of Shiki haiku, tanka, and longer poems. I found a few gems among the haiku but fewer than I expected from my past experience of his work. At some point would be great to read a complete haiku works.
AM
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'll be revisiting these poems from the bed side table for a long time.

Shiki's work is in turn playful, wry, and deeply contemplative. (I think I prefer Shiki over Basho. Shhh!)
Yi
rated it really liked it
Jan 19, 2016
Karina Montalvo
rated it it was amazing
Sep 24, 2017
Gary Warner
rated it it was amazing
Mar 28, 2013
gkbowood
rated it really liked it
May 09, 2015
Michael Lloyd-Billington
rated it really liked it
Jan 25, 2017
Alexander Sloots
rated it it was ok
Dec 01, 2015
Zachary
rated it really liked it
May 24, 2015
Christian
rated it it was amazing
Dec 10, 2017
Joshua
rated it it was amazing
Sep 04, 2015
Ariel Francisco
rated it it was amazing
Oct 10, 2015
JKahn
rated it it was amazing
Mar 26, 2016
Lilia O
rated it really liked it
Feb 14, 2011
Kyle Murray
rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2012
Jeanann
rated it it was amazing
May 28, 2015
Florencia
rated it really liked it
Jul 21, 2013
Tony
rated it it was amazing
Feb 06, 2014
Atsushi
rated it it was amazing
Jul 25, 2012
Roger Klingman
rated it liked it
Nov 26, 2012
Old River
rated it it was amazing
Apr 20, 2016
didi
rated it it was amazing
Sep 16, 2010
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Minimalism Room by Room: A Customized Plan to Declutter Your Home and Simplify Your Life
  • The Healthy Breakfast Cookbook: Easy, Balanced Recipes for Busy Mornings
  • Pietr the Latvian
  • The Carter of 'La Providence' (Maigret, #2)
  • Logic Puzzles for Clever Kids: Fun brain games for ages 4 & up
  • Essential Keto Bread: Sweet and Savory Baked Goods to Satisfy Any Craving
  • Complot
  • Zentangle Dingbatz: Patterns & Projects for Dynamic Tangled Ornaments & Decorations
  • Goddess Power: A Kids' Book of Greek and Roman Mythology: 10 Empowering Tales of Legendary Women
  • And Then
  • Ichigo ichie. Japońska sztuka przeżywania niezapomnianych chwil
  • Genesis The First Book of Moses: The King James Bible
  • Once Upon a Word: A Word-Origin Dictionary for Kids--Building Vocabulary Through Etymology, Definitions & Stories
  • Figure Drawing for Kids: A Step-By-Step Guide to Drawing People
  • The Book of Tea
  • The Haunted Bookshop (Parnassus Series #2)
  • Crenshaw
  • Never Swipe a Bully's Bear (Roscoe Riley Rules, #2)
See similar books…
20 followers
Masaoka Shiki (正岡 子規), pen-name of Masaoka Noboru (正岡 升), was a poet, author, and literary critic in Meiji period Japan. Shiki is regarded as a major figure in the development of modern haiku poetry, leading the Hototogisu school. He also wrote on reform of tanka poetry.