A History of Haiku Vol 2 : From Issa up to the Present


  • Paperback
  • 430 pages
  • A History of Haiku Vol 2 : From Issa up to the Present
  • R.H. Blyth
  • 23 May 2019
  • 9780964704039

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A History of Haiku Vol 2 : From Issa up to the PresentThis volumes, traces the history of haiku from its beginnings in renga to the uncertainties of presentday haiku Haiku are not very amenable to a chronological treatment Haiku are moments of vision, and the history of moments is hardly possible If we were to choose verses which are typical of each poet, it would not be so difficult to make out some sort of development, but if it is the best verses which we select, there must a sameness throughout, a or less constant level of excellence in which it is difficult to distinguish one writer from anotherA compromise has been effected by choosing the best of as many writers as possible, thus illustrating the ups and downs of haiku history The religious naturalism and profound simplicity of Basho, the versatility of Buson, the artfully artless art of Issa, the objective dryness yet pregnancy of Shiki, and the decadence of all later writers is thus not obscured A fair number of not firstclass verses being inevitably included, the reader, making a virtue of necessity, may actually learn about the nature of haiku by considering the failures and nearhits rather than the successes


About the Author: R.H. Blyth

Reginald Horace of Haiku MOBI Blyth was an English author, interpreter, translator, devotee of Japanese culture and English Professor, having lived in Japan for eighteen years.