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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Kodansha International; 25th anniversary ed edition (Feb. 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4770031130
  • ISBN-13: 978-4770031136
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2.3 x 14.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #455,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

WILLIAM J. HIGGINSON (1938-2008) has been called "the guru of American haiku." For over 40 years, Higginson translated, wrote, commented about, lectured on and taught haiku. He was the author or editor of more than 30 books.

PENNY HARTER is a widely-published poet. She is a poet-in-residence for the New Jersey State Council of the Arts and has won three poetry fellowships from the Council, as well as an award from the Poetry Society of America. Harter has worked for many years as a teaching poet for the Council's Arts-in-Education program; she also travels extensively, giving workshops and lectures.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bil on April 7 2003
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This is not for the passive haiku reader. It provides an in-depth history of haiku, samples of old masters and new. It teaches how to read, write, and teach... just like the cover says.
I'd always wondered why my haiku seemed so long and filled with so much extra words even though I followed the 5-7-5 and 5-7-5-7-7 syllable format. This wonderful guide covers this and many other assumptions that we English-speaking haiku enthusiasts have about traditional haiku.
My haiku has improved by writing in 3-6-3 syllables. (This book does not recommend 3-6-3, but it works for me based on the context of info provided) Anyone shocked at something other than 5-7-5 should not read this. If you enjoy reading and writing haiku and you learn what this book teaches, you will feel like a haiku master.
Some of my best haiku was written as a direct inspiration of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan Lamb on March 29 2001
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This book really helped me as both a reader and writer of poetry. Through the author I was able to understand the real essence of Haiku; something that I seemed to have missed when I studied it in grade-school! This book not only shows where the form came from, but how it has evolved over time and through different cultures. For anyone who wants to understand the form for themselves, either to use it, teach it or just appreciate it, I highly recommend the book. (the sections on lesson planning are both interesting and helpful, whether or not you want to teach a class!)
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This book really lives up to its title. This is the only book that I've seen that does a good job of teaching HOW to write English-language haiku. To help the reader learn about haiku, it has plenty of examples of modern haiku from around the world, as well as examples of historical Japanese haiku. Besides teaching about haiku, this book would be a very good book for anyone seeking a general introduction to haiku. It also has a good capsule history of haiku. You will, however, have to go to other books for greater detail on the history of haiku, or if you want greater emphasis on specifically Japanese haiku.
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Higginson wrote that "Haiku is the zoom lense of poetry" and true to this form, I was happy to receive a copy for my research work which culminated in my doctoral thesis on " Japanese Haiku : Its evolution and development compared to Tamil Haiku" being accepted at the University of Madras, India. This confirms that my research effort was first of its kind in India and from woman scholar.
Please convey my best wishes to Prof. William Higginson...
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