The strictest and purest of poetic forms, the Japanese haiku contains in its seventeen sound characters (on) a reference to a season as well as a distinct pause or interruption. Cherry blossoms and swallows might refer to spring; red maple leaves and deer usually imply autumn. These seasonal allusions emphasize the essence of haiku: nature and its ephemeral beauty. The graceful, evocative haiku featured here were composed by the renowned Japanese haiku masters of the past four hundred years, including Matsuo Bash, Taniguchi Buson, and Kobayashi Issa. The deceptively simple poemsrendered in English with Japanese calligraphies and transliterationsare paired with exquisite eighteenth- or nineteenth-century paintings and ukiyo-e prints and twentieth-century shin hanga woodcuts from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada. With their depth and delicacy, wide range of subtle hues, and time-honored focus on landscapes, birds, and flowers, these artworkslike their haiku counterpartsquietly capture a moment in time. Haiku: Japanese Art and Poetry presents thirty-five pairs of poems and images, organized seasonally. The Introduction details the origin and development of haiku, the lives of the most famous poets, and the obstacles faced when translating the concise yet complex lines.
Presents a history of haiku poetry, discusses its evolution, and focuses on an aspect of haiku that is less known in the West, haiku art, in which the words and images would add a different dimension to the understanding.
1. Haiku poetry: basic principles -- 2. Haiku poetry: dimensions of the Art -- 3. The visual aspect of haiku -- 4. Development and characteristics of haiku painting -- 5. A cross section of styles and schools -- 6. The rise of the independent schools -- 7. Nanga and its influence -- 8. Haiku poetry and painting in Tokugawa popular culture.
Haiku at its best is an art in which the poet takes a natural, most ordinary event, and without fuss, ornament or inflated words makes of it a rare moment -- sparely rendered, crystallized into a microcosm which reveals transcendent unity. Small wonder haiku has a growing audience throughout the world. In all arts -- music, painting, dance, theatre -- change has come with that startling moment of dissatisfaction when the artist upends complacency, shocks the old to its foundations, and emerges with clear vision. He has had the courage to rescue his art from dullness. Two of Japan's "Great Four" of haiku, Basho (1644-94) and Shiki (1862-1902), were such revolutionaries, albeit two hundred years apart. Before Basho, haiku was but a pleasant occupation for the idle. He set about transforming it with such success that experts to this day agree that his were the first true haiku. Shiki, who lived into the 20th century, was passionate in his attempt to salvage haiku from its past, sending out shock waves by dismissing virtually all earlier work, including most of Basho's. He saw it as his mission to make a difference -- to let nothing, not even the most revered, stand in the way. He proclaimed, "A poem has no meaning. It is feeling alone." And he practiced what he preached. Autumn wind: gods, Buddha-- lies, lies, lies. These modern Japanese poets, many of whom are translated here into English for the first time, learned as much from Basho as from Shiki, and from Buson (1715-83) and Issa (1763-1827), the "Great Four." Yet in a sense they are followers of Shiki, in spite of the harshness of his views and the impossibly high standards he demanded. They were forced to reckon with him, became willing participants in a heated dialogue with him. They had to: his spirit dominated the age. Stryk captures that spirit here, in this Cage of Fireflies.
In this fun Japanese children's book, kids will learn to create haiku—elegant and simplistic Japanese poems. Haiku is a uniquely Japanese form of poetry that uses vivid words and imagery to capture a feeling or a moment in just three lines. Short but powerful, haiku poems are easy and fun to write and share with your friends. Haiku has become increasingly popular in school curriculums around the world, particularly among teachers introducing students to the art of poetry as well as Asian history and heritage. The activities in this haiku-for-kids book will show you how to create haiku and will help you to think up meaningful words and images with which you can write beautiful poetry. Write Your Own Haiku For Kids introduces four styles of haiku to readers with clear explanations and numerous examples. This book includes chapters on: Your first haiku—how to get started writing this classic form of poetry Haiku about Nature—a traditional element in haiku Haibun—Haiku with a short story Haiga—Haiku with a drawing Renga—Haiku that you write together with friends The study and creation of haiku is a great way to have fun with both writing and reading poetry while exploring remarkable aspects of Japanese culture.
This essential collection of Japanese poetry contains nearly two hundred haiku by the four most celebrated haiku masters of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as well as a delightful seasonal interlude by several other leading haiku poets.Sometimes known as the Great Four of haiku poetry, Basho, Buson, Issa, and Shiki began mastering the subtle craft of the haiku as far back as 1670, capturing fleeting moments from life and nature with almost photographic clarity in just 17 Japanese syllables. Although thoroughly steeped in Japanese culture, history and philosophical tradition, the elegant, profound and highly accessible haiku has nevertheless transcended the bounds of its cultural heritage to become one of the most celebrated and widely translated poetic forms in the world. Featuring gorgeous accompanying images by renowned photographer John Cleare and an in-depth introduction by noted anthropologist and poet Tom Lowenstein, this volume combines literal translation with literary interpretation, expert commentary and evocative images to bring these poems to life in a way that is fully accessible to the modern reader while remaining faithful to the crisp visual nature of the haiku form.Including a deluxe cloth cover with a foil blocked sticker and a removable insight card with instructions on how to craft your very own haiku, this comprehensive and beautifully packaged collection is the perfect gift for the poetry lover in your life.
Introduces the form of Japanese poetry known as haiku, explores the seven keys to writing haiku, and provides instructions for five haiku projects, including creating haiga, or illustrated haiku.
Harold G. Henderson was, from 1927 to 1929, the Assistant to the Curator of Far Eastern Art at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art. In 1930 he went to Japan, where he lived the following three years. On his return to this country he joined the faculty at Columbia University, where he taught Japanese and initiated a course in the history of Japanese art. He retired in 1955. His published works include The Bamboo Broom, Surviving Works of Sharaku (with Louis V. Ledoux), and A Handbook of Japanese Grammar. He has also translated H. Minamoto's Illustrated History of Japanese Art, etc. Mr. Henderson lives in New York City.
Presents works by over two hundred poets--including Ezra Pound, Allen Ginsberg, and E.E. Cummings--who tried their hand at English-language versions of the traditional Japanese poem.
My First Book of Haiku Poems introduces children to inspirational works of poetry and art that speak of our connection to the natural world, and that enhance their ability to see an entire universe in the tiniest parts of it. Each of these 20 classic poems by Issa, Shiki, Basho, and other great haiku masters is paired with a stunning original painting that opens a door to the world of a child's imagination. A fully bilingual children's book, My First Book of Haiku Poems includes the original versions of the Japanese poems (in Japanese script and Romanized form) on each page alongside the English translation to form a complete cultural experience. Each haiku poem is accompanied by a "dreamscape" painting by award-winning artist Tracy Gallup that will be admired by children and adults alike. Commentaries offer parents and teachers ready-made "food for thought" to share with young readers and stimulate a conversation about each work.
The perfect combination of origami, haiku, and Japanese art all in one book This stunning book features three beautiful Japanese art forms in one. For each animal or object, children will be able to read the haiku, enjoy a corresponding work from the British Museum collection, and then make the origami figure! With clear, simple directions for thirteen animals or objects and fifty sheets of origami paper, this is the perfect introduction to the art of paper folding.
Compiled in this volume is original material on Japanese arts and culture from the prehistoric era to the Meiji Restoration (1867). These sources, including many translated here for the first time, are placed in their historical context and outfitted with brief commentaries, allowing the reader to make connections to larger concepts and values found in Japanese culture. This book contains material on the visual and literary arts, as well as primary texts on topics not easily classified in Western categories, such as the martial and culinary arts, the art of tea, and flower arranging. More than sixty color and black-and-white illustrations enrich the collection and provide further insights into Japanese artistic and cultural values. Also included are a bibliography of English-language and Japanese sources and an extensive list of suggested further readings.
Haiku -- seventeen-syllable poems that evoke worlds despite their brevity -- have captivated Japanese readers since the seventeenth century. Today the form is practiced worldwide and has become established as part of our common global heritage. This beautifully bound volume presents new English translations of classic poems by the four great masters of Japanese haiku: Matsuo Bash, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa, and Masaoka Shiki, and are accompanied by both the original Japanese and a phonetic transcription.
Haiku Illustrated features 90 classic poems from four poets - Matsuo Bashō, Yosa Buson, Kobayashi Issa and Masaoka Shiki - which range across more than 200 years of Japanese poetry. There are few rules to haiku, but they are strict: 17 phonetic sounds, a sense of cutting images or ideas, and a reference to a season. From those restrictions, poets have written about many things, from the year's first blossom to aging, from mosquitoes humming to insects singing, from catching one's shadow to crossing a stream in the summer. In this beautiful new edition, each poem is presented in Japanese script, along with romanized Japanese (romaji) and an English translation. Every few spreads an artwork illustrates an aspect of the poem, such as the traditional Japanese cherry blossom, Mount Fuji, or village life. Beautifully produced in traditional Chinese binding and with a timeless design, Haiku Illustrated is an expert introduction and celebration of one of the most beautiful and accessible forms of poetry in the world.
An exploration of the traditional Japanese three-line poem examines the art form's history and explains how images and moments are captured in seventeen syllables.
This book examines the genesis and development of haiku in Japan and traces its impact on modernist poetics. This study shows that the most pervasive East-West artistic, cultural, and literary exchange that has taken place in modern and postmodern times was in the reading and writing of haiku in the West. Hakutani roots Y.B Yeats symbolism in cross cultural visions; reveals Ezra Pound s imagism to have originated in haiku; and discusses some of the finest haiku written by Jack Kerouac, Richard Wright, Sonia Sanchez, and James Emanuel.
The ancient Japanese verse form of haiku, which is used for the expression of Zen, consists of three lines and 17 syllables - the length of a human breath. This anthology includes selections from the works of authors from the classical Matsuo Basho to contemporary poets Koko Kato and Keiko Ito. The book is part of a three-volume series which also includes "Koans: the Lessons of Zen" and "Sayings: the Wisdom of Zen".