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[[ Read Pdf ]] ë The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho, Buson, & Issa (Essential Poets, #20) å 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 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 thesThis definite collection brings together in fresh translations by an American poet the essential poems of the three greatest masters Matsuo Basho in the seventeenth century Yosa Buson in the eighteenth century and Kobayashi Issa in the early nineteenth century Robert Haas has written a lively and informed introduction, provided brief examples by each poet of their work in the halibun, or poetic prose form, and included informal notes to the poems This is a useful and inspiring addition to The Essential Poets series 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 muchincredible 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. the three men represent three types of the poet Basho the ascetic and seeker, Buson the artist, Issa the humanist and their differences are clear at a glance when you read them.Deep autumn my neighbor,how does he live, I wonder Tethered horse snowin both stirrups Don t worry, spiders,I keep housecasually. 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. Basho favorite poems lines Winter solitude in a world of one color the sound of wind Don t imitate me it s as boring as the two halves of a melon Who mourns makes grief his master.Who drinks makes pleasure his master Don t follow in the footsteps of the old poets,seek what they sought Every form of insentient existence plants, stones, or utensils has its own individual feelings similar to those of men When we observe calmly, we discover that all things have their fulfillment O Basho favorite poems lines Winter solitude in a world of one color the sound of wind Don t imitate me it s as boring as the two halves of a melon Who mourns makes grief his master.Who drinks makes pleasure his master Don t follow in the footsteps of the old poets,seek what they sought Every form of insentient existence plants, stones, or utensils has its own individual feelings similar to those of men When we observe calmly, we discover that all things have their fulfillment One need not be a haiku poet, but if someone doesn t live inside ordinary life and understand ordinary feelings, he s not likely to be a poet Buson favorite poem is mourning for Hokuju Rosen This is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read I wish I owned this book for that poem Here is a haiku by Buson I go,you stay two autumns Issa haiku poems Don t worry, spiders.I keep house casually Even with insects some can sing, some can t For you fleas toothe nights must be long, they must be lonely All the time I pray to Buddha, I keep on killing mosquitoes