The Essential Haiku Versions of Basho Buson and Issa American readers have been fascinated since their exposure to Japanese culture late in the nineteenth century with the brief Japanese poem called the hokku or haiku The seventeen syllable form is roo

  • Title: The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa
  • Author: Robert Hass Bashō Matsuo Yosa Buson Kobayashi Issa
  • ISBN: 9780613339988
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • American readers have been fascinated since their exposure to Japanese culture late in the nineteenth century, with the brief Japanese poem called the hokku or haiku The seventeen syllable form is rooted in a Japanese tradition of close observation of nature, of making poetry from subtle suggestion Infused by its great practitioners with the spirit of Zen Buddhism, the hAmerican readers have been fascinated since their exposure to Japanese culture late in the nineteenth century, with the brief Japanese poem called the hokku or haiku The seventeen syllable form is rooted in a Japanese tradition of close observation of nature, of making poetry from subtle suggestion Infused by its great practitioners with the spirit of Zen Buddhism, the haiku has served as an example of the power of direct observation to the first generation of American modernist poets like Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and also as an example of spontaneity and Zen alertness to the new poets of the 1950s This definitive collection brings together in fresh translations by an American poet the essential poems of the three greatest haiku masters Matsuo Basho in the seventeenth century Yosa Buson in the eighteenth century and Kobayashi Issa in the early nineteenth century Robert Hass has written a lively and informed introduction, provided brief examples by each poet of their work in the haibun, or poetic prose form, and included informal notes to the poems This is a useful and inspiring addition to the Essential Poets series.

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    About “Robert Hass Bashō Matsuo Yosa Buson Kobayashi Issa

    1. Robert Hass Bashō Matsuo Yosa Buson Kobayashi Issa says:

      Robert Hass was born in San Francisco and lives in Berkeley, California, where he teaches at the University of California He served as Poet Laureate of the United States from 1995 to 1997 A MacArthur Fellow and a two time winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, he has published poems, literary essays, and translations He is married to the poet Brenda Hillman.



    2 thoughts on “The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa

    1. A gorgeous book of haiku by Basho, Buson, and Issa, translated and edited with great care and intelligence by Robert Hass. I keep this book by my bed, actually, and am continually dipping into it; it's a great cure for too much Facebook, email, text messages, etc. The beauty of a haiku is to distil a whole world, or thought, into three lines that linger and unfold their meaning slowly, or else burst into meaning like a private, joyful fireworks.

    2. This book makes me wish there were renga parties in my neighborhood that I could attend. One of the most unfortunate things about the Western poetic tradition -- when contrasted with, say, the Eastern poetic tradition or the Western music tradition or the Western mathematics tradition -- is how rarely collaboration occurs among different practitioners.One interesting thing about Basho, Buson, and Issa, which Hass duly emphasizes in his editorial notes, is how devoutly Buddhist they all were. The [...]

    3. I am sad, that i don't know who I lent this too. Because this book is a constant companion. You can open it anywhere, and BAM, killdeer, a little slice of this very moment right here, with a twist of lemon and a cherry blossom

    4. "First day of spring- I keep thinking about the end of autumn."-Matsuo Basho"He's on the porchto escape his wife and kids-how hot it is!"-Yosa Buson"Even a fleabite, when she's young,is beautiful."-Kobayashi IssaThis is a lovely collection of poetry that I enjoyed devouring very much. Japanese literature has always hit an emotional spot for me; I can't quite explain why, but something about the style shakes me to the core. There is no time that this has become more clear than during my reading o [...]

    5. I find it interesting that so many people who rated this book three stars or less did so because they didn't like haiku. Totally unfair. That's like saying, "I think I'll read this here book about tarantulas, and then I'll give it one star because I HATE tarantulas." Actually, this is a lovely introduction to haiku and other short form Japanese poetry by masters of the form. Of course it's translated, and something is lost in translation. However, the ideas are still faithfully portrayed. I thin [...]

    6. I really loved this little book! I enjoyed learning something of the history and form of haiku, also of the stylistic differences between the three haiku masters represented in this book. For someone with little knowledge of the form, who had never, to my recollection, been introduced to these Japanese poets before, this collection was a lovely first dip into their works. I also enjoyed the short sections of longer poems and prose which were also included, particularly those of the poet Issa. Th [...]

    7. Knowing my love for Japanese literature, my husband gave me this book some years ago. It was edited by one of our favorite poets, Robert Hass, which makes it that much more incredible. I think this is the best primer for haiku in English translation for any reader. I was floored by the depth, beauty, and simplicity--and challenged to make my own writing so succinct and clear.

    8. One of the most accessible forms of poetry--and the Japanese do it best, especially these 3 masters. Very well worth reading. I left this book feeling serene, uplifted and educated (the perfect combination).

    9. I took a class from Robert Haas during my undergrad. He was a vague teacher but his lectures were careful, rigorous, and were often delivered with a gentleness that made what would otherwise be burdensome topics graceful. So it is with this collection of Haiku by Buson, Basho, and Issa. Among the projects he set forth in the this edition, Haas wanted to show through contrast, how each master's personality and style comes through their work however restricted the form. The effect of reading this [...]

    10. Hass's anthology offers generous selections of three haiku masters: Bashō, Buson, and Issa. In addition to their haiku, he offers prose works by all three, as well as three longer poems by Buson. His introductions and notes provide full, clear contexts for the haiku and other work, contexts missing from many haiku anthologies. Most of the translations are Hass's own. Whereas English translations of haiku often sound flat, Hass typically creates versions that justify their original authors' repu [...]

    11. This is an essential text for anyone interested in haiku. It is concise, palatable, and beautiful; collections of poems by three great haiku maters (Bashō, Buson, and Issa) are complemented by biographies, essays, and extensive endnotes by American poet Robert Hass. Wonderful for readers as well as poets who may want to try their hand at this complex little form.

    12. I love this book! I've read it over several times and still just open it up randomly and start reading. A definite must for Haiku lovers!

    13. Always makes me wish I could read them in the original Japanese. Wonderful poetry with interesting explanations and history as well.

    14. My friend John Fanning of La Muse Writers' Retreat lent me this book while I was there. Hass' translations seem very very strong, and I really want to read this.

    15. Ugh.I am giving this two stars because I feel so out of my league that I feel bad giving it one star because I am hardly qualified to be rating a book on poetry! Haiku style poetry is like, a big thing. And I am now willing to admit that I am just poetry retarded. My girlfriend gave me this book and said it was "great!" I was almost excited. As excited as I could be where poetry is involved. When I opened the book I thought I had gotten some weird version of the book. I was flipping thru pages e [...]

    16. Not my favorite haiku anthology out there, to be honest.Hass compiled three great poets into this book: Basho, Issa, and Buson. Though I don't have the book in front of me, I believe he tackles them in that order, as well.This book is pretty good, but I personally don't consider it great. It definitely gives the reader a lot of haiku, and it may serve as a good introduction (maybe coupled with Higginson's Haiku Handbook?), but I think it can feel a bit limiting. After all, you're only getting a [...]

    17. The current attention span of my life is well-suited to haiku.These are the Japanese masters: Basho, Buson, and Issa. Hass' translations, lyrical and free, seem faithful to the imagery and emotional impact each poet has condensed into three lines. The afterword explaining the difficulties of translating haiku is also enlightening.There is history and context for both haiku in general (the essay at the end on its collaborative origins in renga I found especially interesting) and each poet's life, [...]

    18. The book, "The Essential haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, and Issa" is a collection of Haiku written by masters of the art, Basho, Buson, and Issa. Personally, I did not like poetry very much especially Haikus. But after reading some of the Haikus of this book, my perspective changed. Now I'm more willing to read other kinds of poetry. Even though many of these Haikus portrayed the wonders of the nature and the poet's longing for certain things, there were many that I could not comprehend; yet t [...]

    19. I am admittedly ignorant on the form and subject of the haiku. This book was nothing like I thought it would be. It showcases three old school haiku masters who heavily influenced the trade. I thought the haiku written here would be stodgy and antiquated but they were incredibly humorous and relevant and at times displaying a caustic wit.Here are a few examples,Day in, day outon the monkey's facea monkey faceWriting shit about new snowfor the richis not artAlso check this out if you want to lear [...]

    20. Compiled by former US Poet Laureate Robert Haas, this is a solid introduction to the fundamental classics of Haiku. It includes works by three founding fathers of Japanese Haiku: Basho, Buson, and Issa.I bought this after hearing a lecture by another Laureate, Billy Collins, who mentioned reading Haiku as part of his daily routine. This book requires slow digestion. A single poem can take seconds to read, but can linger for weeks.

    21. Great haiku are really actually great. Here's a few: Year after yearon the monkey's face a monkey face How admirable!to see lightning and not think life is fleeting. Climb Mount FujiO snail, but slowly, slowly. Writing shit about new snowfor the rich is not art. The world of dewis the world of dew. And yet, and yet--

    22. Read this years and never added it. It's fantastic, and I return to it often. It helped me understand the history of the haiku and it's connections to the tanka and renga, and--between Basho and Issa--showed me how flexible this restrictive little form can be. A fantastic introduction to the haiku that never gets old.

    23. Issa is probably my favorite poet. He has all these almost flippant haikus, but then he hits you with ones like this: In this worldwe walk on the roof of hell,gazing at flowers.Like Dostoyevsky when he hits you with the line: "She trembled like a leaf" near the end of "Crime and Punishment."

    24. Fantastic collection of classic haiku, along with contemporary and historical commentary on the form. In addition, the side by side compilation of Basho, Buson, and Issa allowed for a nice comparative study between the masters of haiku. It's very interesting to see the differences in style, composition, and subject matter among these poets.

    25. I loved every bit of this book. I loved it so much that after keeping it as long as the library would let me; I ordered my own copy.

    26. This is the book that first exposed me to haiku. The general introduction and the biographical sketches of each haiku poet are incredibly informative and interesting, and of course the haiku poems themselves are all wonderful. There are even some excerpts from the diary of one of the haiku poets, which is a nice bonus.

    27. This is a wonderful collection of poems from some of the greatest Haiku poets. The analysis, criticism, and variety of this anthology provide an accessible introduction to the form. I'll be purchasing a copy to keep around for re-reading and inspiration.

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