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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (24 Jan. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486292746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486292748
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.4 x 0.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Florence Vilen on 12 Jan. 2003
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The Japanese haiku has a long history. Its 17 syllables appearance may be deceptive for there is a rich tradition of literary allusions behind every poem. This book is incredibly inexpensive and worth much more than its price. The editor has found space for a great number of haiku, including a phonetic transcription of the original, and some brief, pertinent information about some of them.

The choice is well-considered and informative. It begins already with linked verse from the 15th century and ends with the last of the great masters, Shiki, who died one hundred years ago.
Bowers has also chosen to present very different styles of translation, occasionally more than one of the same original. Often you would not recognize them as attempts to render the same poem. There are divergent opinions on how to render haiku into English (or any other Western language) and here the interested reader will find ample material for a well-informed opinion.
This thin and unpretentious book offers great value, both in the presentation of the history of haiku and in the examples of widely divergent styles of rendering it in English. Anybody interested in Japanese haiku could profit from Bowers' anthology and the price makes no strain on the purse.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By G. Matheson on 10 May 2009
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Many bibliophiles will love the Dover Thrift books for their beautiful (if slightly Kitsch) covers and layout. Often, however, their foreign language books suffer from overly-mannered or archaic translations. This one, however, is an exception. Not only do they offer a phoenetic version of the original, but in some cases they offer several translations. And generally speaking these Haiku translations are very good and convey both the melancholy and the humour that is evident in these miniature masterpieces.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sue B. on 17 Jun. 2011
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This is an excellent anthology sampling the work of numerous poets & covering a wide historical range. It also effectively demonstrates the difference in interpretation which can be produced in translation.
Excellent value for money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By aristotelean beatboxer on 16 Nov. 2010
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Not much to say except that this is a fantastic compilation of haiku, with some notes acting as an introduction to the tradition of Japanese poetry as well as alternative translations of some haiku. The cover art is also very quaint and vivid, but I suppose that is a given since it is by Hokusai.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Lewis on 19 April 2012
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This was one of several haiku books I've read over the years and have to say one of the best. Issa, Basho and the rest all covered well plus some more obscure poets. Nice to see how different writers translate so differently too, which is very interesting. Great notes too which adds to the understanding of the poems. Have just published my own haiku collection Haiku which I've been working on for a few years and hope I can add to the genre in some small way and help it continue well into the 21st Century.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Keeling on 28 Feb. 2013
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This is a really good introduction to haiku for anyone who is clueless (like I was). There is some great, touching poetry in this book, too. Good value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tremor on 27 Jan. 2014
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Thie is a must have for Haiku fans-especially beginners like me. It clearly explains the origins os the classic Japanese haiku-which I didnt realise was so difficult to translate into English. The syllable structure & very subtle inferences & meanings are almost impossible to replicate in English-the syllables are relatively easy, but I find that the peoms can be a bit abrupt in English.
For 1p-(+pp) -brand new its a star buy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Motte 1 on 17 Nov. 2009
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I am no expert on Haiku but I think this is a lovely little book. There is a lot of information, beautiful words and history succinctly put in the 78 pages. It has certainly whetted my appetite for more!
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