On haiku

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New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2018.
9780811227414, 0811227413
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x, 294 pages ; 21 cm
Coventry - Adult Non-Fiction
895.6 SAT
1 available
East Providence (Weaver) - Adult Non-Fiction
895.6 Sat
1 available
Foster - Adult Non-Fiction
809.1 SAT pb
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New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2018.
9780811227414, 0811227413


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"A New Directions Paperbook Original."--Title page
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"First published as a New Directions Paperbook (NDP) in 2018"--Title page verso.
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"I would like to thank Jeffrey Yang for patiently, meticulously, editing these essays"--Page ix.
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A collection of essays, some previously published, some given as speeches by the first president of the American Haiku Society, and including many haiku translated from the Japanese.
"Who doesn't love haiku? It is not only America's most popular cultural import from Japan but also our most popular poetic form: instantly recognizable, more mobile than a sonnet, and loved for its simplicity and compression, as well as for its ease of composition. Haiku is an ancient literary form seemingly made for the Twittersphere--Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes wrote them, Ezra Pound and the Imagists were inspired by them, first-grade students across the country still learn to write them. But what really is a haiku? Where does the form come from? Who were the Japanese poets who originated them? And how has their work been translated into English over the years? The haiku form comes down to us today as a cliché: a three-line poem of 5-7-5 syllables. And yet its story is actually much more colorful and multifaceted. And of course to write a good one can be as difficult as writing a Homeric epic--or it can materialize in an instant of epic inspiration. In On Haiku, Hiroaki Sato explores the many styles and genres of haiku on both sides of the Pacific, from the classical haiku of Bashō, Issa, and Zen monks, to modern haiku about swimsuits and atomic bombs, and to the haiku of famous American writers such as J.D. Salinger and Allen Ginsburg. As if conversing over beers in a favorite pub, Sato explains everything you want to know about the haiku in this endearing and pleasurable book, destined to be a classic"--,Provided by publisher.
Some parallel texts in English and Japanese.


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Coventry - Adult Non-Fiction895.6 SATOn Shelf
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Providence Public - Level 2 Book Stacks809.141 S253 2018On Shelf

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Sato, H., & Yang, J. (2018). On haiku . New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Sato, Hiroaki, 1942- and Jeffrey, Yang. 2018. On Haiku. New Directions Publishing Corporation.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Sato, Hiroaki, 1942- and Jeffrey, Yang. On Haiku New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2018.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Sato, Hiroaki, and Jeffrey Yang. On Haiku New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2018.

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