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While the rise of the charmingly simple, brilliantly evocative haiku is often associated with the seventeenth-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, the form had already flourished for more than four hundred years before Basho even began to write. These early poems, known as hokku, are identical to haiku in syllable count and structure but function differently as a genre. WheWhile the rise of the charmingly simple, brilliantly evocative haiku is often associated with the seventeenth-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho, the form had already flourished for more than four hundred years before Basho even began to write. These early poems, known as hokku, are identical to haiku in syllable count and structure but function differently as a genre. Whereas each haiku is its own constellation of image and meaning, a hokku opens a series of linked, collaborative stanzas in a sequence called renga.Under the mastery of Basho, hokku first gained its modern independence. His talents contributed to the evolution of the style into the haiku beloved by so many poets around the world--Richard Wright, Jack Kerouac, and Billy Collins being notable devotees. Haiku Before Haiku presents 320 hokku composed between the thirteenth and early eighteenth centuries, from the poems of the courtier Nijo Yoshimoto to those of the genre's first "professional" master, Sogi, and his disciples. It features 20 masterpieces by Basho himself. Steven D. Carter introduces the history of haiku and its aesthetics, classifying these poems according to style and context. His rich commentary and notes on composition and setting illuminate each work, and he provides brief biographies of the poets, the original Japanese text in romanized form, and earlier, classical poems to which some of the hokku allude....

Title : Haiku Before Haiku: From the Renga Masters to Bashō
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ISBN : 9780231156479
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 163 Pages
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Haiku Before Haiku: From the Renga Masters to Bashō Reviews

  • Michelle Hoogterp
    2019-03-07 04:08

    I'm only giving it an 2-star rating because I can't say I was totally in the mood to read this book, plus I really disliked it's formatting.While I appreciate that the translator places each poem into historical context and offers useful information to further interpretation and analysis of each work, the entire work would've benefited from a better format/layout.

  • Tim Singleton
    2019-03-03 04:18

    Informative, but layout doesn't really convert to Kindle, have to grab a paper edition to better understand the geography of notes. Good ref list.

  • Paul
    2019-03-26 00:11

    Carter is an amazing translator but this book is far too short, not enough explanatory material, and the quality of the poems he picked is not so high, perhaps because he was focusing on breadth rather than depth. Other editions of Shinkei in English (to give just one example) have a much better selection of material.

  • Don Wentworth
    2019-03-26 00:09

    An important introduction to the origins of haiku.