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Haiku: An Anthology of Japanese Poems (Shambhala Library) Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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This volume is organized into three parts. It is important to read the introduction to better understand the essential differences of language when evaluating and translating a haiku from Japanese to English. Part one covers haiku with the pulse of nature theme. The second part has haiku with a basic theme of human voices and the final section deals with the resonance and reverberation haiku poems. There are also a number of beautiful drawings taken from Japanese masters which help illustrate the focus on nature and life of the haiku poem form.
One of the many things I love about this book is the end section where it provides information of the life of all the poets who have haiku in this book. As a life time student of the Japanese martial arts, as well as a lover of haiku, I was not surprised that many of the ancient Japanese poets were also Samurai.
In conclusion, if you are a lover of the Japanese haiku poetic form, you will want this book in your personal collection.
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku)
A quick read, but you will want to go back and savor many of these excellent translations. Humor and pathos and Zen and life. Worth your hard earned dollars for some time spent beside a pond with frogs and carp and a few good friends.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well organized into subjects, with evocative imagery used to underline common themes.
For best effect, read on a long train ride in the countryside, preferably in japan... Read more