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Art of Haiku Its History Through Poems and Paintings by Japanese Masters

ISBN-10: 1590308867
ISBN-13: 9781590308868
Edition: 2012
Authors: Stephen Addiss
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Description: While haiku is one of the best known forms of poetry, it is less known that the poems were often accompanied by calligraphy and paintings. In this history of traditional Japanese haiku, the development of the poetic form is fully explored; deepening  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/28/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

While haiku is one of the best known forms of poetry, it is less known that the poems were often accompanied by calligraphy and paintings. In this history of traditional Japanese haiku, the development of the poetic form is fully explored; deepening this history is a look at the role of haiku paintings, called haiga. From the great haiku poets like Basho, Buson, and Issa, as well as the twentieth-century poets like Santoka, all the leading masters created paintings, or at least calligraphy, with their haiku, and the interaction of text and image is especially interesting since the two are so closely interwoven. Full of examples of the poems and the art, this is one of the few histories of haiku that also explores the visual aspect of the art.

Stephen Addiss is Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the Humanities in the Department of Art at the University of Richmond. His many books include The Art of Zen: Paintings and Calligraphy by Japanese Monks 1600-1925and How to Look at Japanese Art.Jonathan Chaves is professor and chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at George Washington University. He is the editor and translator of many works, including The Columbia Book of Later Chinese Poetry,and is the coauthor, with J. Thomas Rimer, of Japanese and Chinese Poems to Sing(Columbia 1998).J. Thomas Rimer is chairman of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. His many works include Modern Japanese Fiction and Its Traditions: An Introduction,and he is the coauthor, with Jonathan Chaves, of Japanese and Chinese Poems to Sing(Columbia 1998).

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