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Rn 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 I ve been interested in the Haiku poetic form for a few years now but started reading the Beats before Basho which is a bit backwards Trolling through my favorite used bookstore in the Hadley Amherst MA area Grey Matter Books that store seriously rocks I stumbled upon this lovely An Introduction to Haiku An Anthology of Poets from Basho to ShikiWhat made this even enjoyable than the Haiku itself was Henderson s knowledge of Japanese culture and language and his passionate attempt to try to communicate the subtleties of Japanese Haiku to the English reader I really appreciated his notes and commentary which gave the poems a dimension I probably would have missed If you are new to Haiku this book is a great place to startHere is a taste Clouds BashoClouds come from time to time and bring to men a chance to re

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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 retu There is two things I didn t like in this book First the author always tries to rhyme almost all the poems unsuccessful most of the times Second his personal views for some of the poets eg More space is given here to Kikaku than to any of the other pupils not because of any considered judgment of his relative importance but simply because I like himIt s not a bad introduction for someone who doesn t know what haiku poetry is But it s not the best either There is so many other haiku books out there to start with For example The Classic Tradition of Haiku or The Penguin Book of Haiku

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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 Must be lucid and suggestive and these are wonderful


10 thoughts on “An Introduction to Haiku An Anthology of Poems and Poets from Basho to Shiki

  1. says:

    Nice variety of haiku; lame commentary by Harold Gould Henderson Find something else

  2. says:

    There is two things I didn't like in this book First the author always tries to rhyme almost all the poems unsuccessful most of the times Second his personal views for some of the poets eg More space is given here to Kikaku than to any of the other pupils not because of any considered judgment of his relative importance but simply because I like himIt's not a bad introduction for someone who doesn't know what haiku poetry is Bu

  3. says:

    This suffered a bit by comparison to The Essential Haiku Versions of Basho Buson Issa by Robert Hass Editor; particularly at the beginning I felt like the translations weren't great; but as I read I got used to the translator's style I even came around to the use of rhyme It was kind of interesting to see poems I was familiar with translated slightly differently And I found some new favorites too More poets are included hereMy favorite par

  4. says:

    I've been interested in the Haiku poetic form for a few years now but started reading the Beats before Basho which is a bit backwards Trolling through my favorite used bookstore in the Hadley Amherst MA area Grey Matter Books that store seriously rocks I stumbled upon this lovely An Introduction to Haiku An Anthology of Poets from

  5. says:

    I found this to be a scholarly yet refreshingly personal presentation of haiku and its old mastersI love that Henderson gives not only all of the originals but also direct translations of each word beneath the Japanese While the rhyming often takes away from the haiku in certain instances it makes them powerful I think his argume

  6. says:

    I’m fine with an occasional intentional or unintentional rhyme in haiku but the forced rhyming in these translat

  7. says:

    I'm not a fan of Henderson's haiku translations added titles extra words and forced rhymes Shiki's brief haiku

  8. says:

    Must be lucid and suggestive and these are wonderful

  9. says:

    Do you like Haiku I sure do I've even composed scores of mostly bad Haiku This volume is a nice introduction to the genre Just 3 lines and a few syllables per lineThis book begins with a narrative that lays out the nature and background of this genre of verse Japanese But for me the highlight is the poetry itselfMy favorite showing

  10. says:

    I found it really helpful to compare the direct word for word English Japanese translations however ungrammatical it read Often the haiku made a bit sense Also having the Japanese version at hand helped with onomatopoeic haiku and Henderson's explanations were invaluable as many haiku reuire some knowledge of Japanese history cult