This anthology brings together hundreds of haiku by the Japanese mastersâBasho, Issa, Buson, Shikiâwith superb examples from nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers. The pioneering translator R. H. Blyth believed that the spirit of haiku is present in all great poetry; inspired by him, the editor of this volume has included lines from such poets as Wordsworth, Keats, Tennyson, Thoreau, and Hopkins, presented here in haiku form. Following them are haiku and haiku-influenced poems of the twentieth centuryâfrom Ezra Poundâs âIn a Station of the Metroâ to William Carlos Williamsâs âPrelude to Winter,â and from the irreverence of Jack Kerouac to the lyricism of Langston Hughes. The result is a collection as compact, dynamic, and scintillating as the form itself.
About: A collection of both classic and modern haiku presents examples of the tightly structured, deceptively simple verse form from such Japanese masters as Basho, Issa, Buson, and Shiki, along with examples from modern Japanese, European, and American authors.
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