The first book giving the reader everything needed to begin writing or teaching haiku, Japanese poetry. Not only are the four great Japanese masters of the haiku represented (Basho, Buson, Issa and Shiki) but also several major western authors not commonly known to have written haiku. Full chapters are offered on form, the seasons in haiku, and haiku craft, plus background on the Japanese poetic tradition and the effect of translation on our understanding of haiku. Softcover.
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