- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Kodansha USA; 25 Anv edition (March 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 4770031130
- ISBN-13: 978-4770031136
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.9 x 5.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Haiku Handbook -25th Anniversary Edition: How to Write, Teach, and Appreciate Haiku 25 Anv Edition
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"The most comprehensive compendium of the haiku—its nature, uses, and history—ever to appear in English or any other language except Japanese."—The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
WILLIAM J. HIGGINSON (1938-2008) has been called "the guru of American haiku." For over 40 years, Higginson translated, wrote, commented about, lectured and taught haiku. He was the author or editor of more than 30 books.
PENNY HARTER is a much-published and award-winning poet, a poet-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council of the Arts and a teacher who travels widely giving workshops and lectures.
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For anyone who writes, teaches or just enjoys haiku poetry, this is a must have book. One that you will refer to again and again, for inspiration, historical references and so much more.
A nice presentation for this edition too. Makes a perfect gift. ;<) I certainly thought it was.
Only one negative on the book presentation...I did note a couple of typos on the first few pages, something that the publishers might want to correct before reprinting this book.
Geraldine Helen Hartman author of the Haiku Reflections series.
Part One: Haiku Old and New [A great introduction to the experience of haiku and to Japanese Masters. The "Why Haiku" is helpful in clarifying one's purpose for writing such brief poetry.]
Part Two: The Art of Haiku [Natural themes, the form and craft of haiku; this is the section that I like best, and I repeatedly refer back to these pages. I especially enjoy how the author discusses the difference in Japanese and English languages.]
Part Three: Teaching Haiku [How to teach haiku writing to children, lesson plan included]
Part Four: Before and Beyond Haiku [Haiku and its uses]
Reference Section [With Season-Word List & Glossary]
Overall, this is a worthy product for anyone who wishes to delve into haiku more deeply than the introduction that most Westerners receive.
This book goes into the traditions of haiku at great length and enables a serious student to understand what a haiku actually is, and how to tell a good one from a second-rate one.
For poets who'd like to try writing haiku, this book gives an overwhelming amount of information. I'd recommend going slow and reading and rereading useful sections rather than dashing through it and trying to apply everything you've learned all at once.
One useful feature of the book is an extensive list of traditional season-words (a traditional haiku always has a season-word). Looking over the list may help you find a season word that can act as a poetry prompt for your next haiku.
The Haiku Handbook -25th Anniversary Edition: How to Write, Teach, and Appreciate Haiku
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