Book Review: Haiku

Title: Haiku
Edited by: Peter Washington
Published: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 5/5

A collection of both classic and modern haiku from a series of authors, including Basho, Issa, Buson and Shiki, along with some modern Japanese, European and American authors.

Haiku has been uncharted territory for me, but I must say, I just fell in love with it in this little book.

The beauty of haiku lies in it's simplicity. It is elegant, graceful and hauntingly beautiful. It captures nature in its most beautiful form. The shortness of these verse are deceptive, as they often carry much deeper meanings.

This book is comprised of two parts; Japanese Haiku and Western Haiku, the first being the biggest. It was also the part I enjoyed the most, especially the chapters about the four different seasons.

I'll give you a little taste of some of my favourites, as I wrote down those who stood out to me during reading;

Distracted with the flowers
Amazed at the moon
The butterfly
- Chora, Page 132

An autumn eve
There is a joy too
In loneliness
- Buson, Page 167

Ah, I just absolutely loved this book. I would highly recommend this anyone who enjoys poetry, or even if you just want to try it out.

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Also, this edition is absolutely beautiful when you take the dust jacket off as well. It makes my heart flutter.


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