Haiku: Japanese Art and Poetry
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The graceful, evocative haiku featured here were composed by the renowned Japanese haiku masters of the past four hundred years, including Matsuo Bash, Taniguchi Buson, and Kobayashi Issa. The deceptively simple poemsrendered in English with Japanese calligraphies and transliterationsare paired with exquisite eighteenth- or nineteenth-century paintings and ukiyo-e prints and twentieth-century shin hanga woodcuts from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada. Haiku: Japanese Art and Poetry presents thirty-five pairs of poems and images, organized seasonally. The Introduction details the origin and development of haiku, the lives of the most famous poets, and the obstacles faced when translating the concise yet complex lines.
Judith Patt – now retired from teaching Japanese and Southeast Asian art history – received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Stanford University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Michiko Warkentyne (nee Sasaoka) was born and raised in Japan, where she studied classical Japanese as well as English. She received her B.A. in Honors English Language and Literature from the University of Western Ontario. She lived with her family in Victoria, Canada, where she taught Japanese at the University of Victoria for many years. Barry Till is the curator of Asian art at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia, and the author of Shin Hanga: The New Print Movement of Japan, Japan Awakens: Woodblock Prints of the Meiji Period (1868–1912), and 47 Ronin: A Story of Samurai Loyalty and Courage.