7Penguin Book of Haiku. ADAM L. KERN, TRANSLATED AND EDITED.

7Penguin Book of Haiku.

United Kingdom. Penguin Books Ltd., 2018. Stock ID #160820

Index, black and white illustrations, 453pp, paperback. Translated and edited by Adam L. Kern. The first Penguin anthology of Japanese haiku, in vivid new translations by Adam L. Kern.

Now a global poetry, the haiku was originally a Japanese verse form that flourished from the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries. Although renowned for its brevity, usually running over three lines in seventeen syllables, and by its use of natural imagery to make Zen-like observations about reality, in fact the haiku is much more: it can be erotic, funny, crude and mischievous. Presenting over a thousand exemplars in vivid and engaging translations, this anthology offers an illuminating introduction to this widely celebrated, if misunderstood, art form.

Adam L. Kern's new translations are accompanied here by the original Japanese and short commentaries on the poems, as well as an introduction and illustrations from the period. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 160820).

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