The Sound of Water: Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets (Paperback)

Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets

By Sam Hamill (Translator)

Shambhala, 9781570620195, 152pp.

Publication Date: November 14, 2006

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Description

Here are more than two hundred of the best haiku of Japanese literature translated by one of America's premier poet-translators. The haiku is one of the most popular and widely recognized poetic forms in the world. In just three lines a great haiku presents a crystalline moment of image, emotion, and awareness. This illustrated collection includes haiku by the great masters from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century.


About the Author

Sam Hamill is the author of more than thirty books of poetry, essays, and translations from the classical Chinese and Japanese, ancient Greek, Latin, and other languages. He has been a recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. He lives near Port Townsend, Washington.


Praise For The Sound of Water: Haiku by Basho, Buson, Issa, and Other Poets

"The Zen aesthetic, so often imitated, is presented here without embellishment—full of earthy humor, poignant description, and subtle spirituality."—The Bloomsbury Review

"This is an enjoyable collection . . . and perfect for a Christmas stocking."—The Japan Times

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