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Haiku Seasons: Poetry of the Natural World [Paperback]

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Now back in print, this important guide written by an established expert introduces haiku and related poetry while explaining the essential role of the seasons using examples from around the world.

William J. Higginson is a former president of the Haiku Society of America and the author of numerous haiku collections.

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Pages   172
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Stone Bridge Press
ISBN  1933330651  
ISBN13  9781933330655  

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More About William J. Higginson

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Higginson's interest in haiku began at Yale, and resulted in his writing award-winning poems in the genre and editing Haiku Magazine in the 1960s and 1970s. He is a past president of the Haiku Society of America and a member of the Selection Committee for the Masaoka Shiki International Haiku Awards sponsored by Ehime Prefecture

William J. Higginson was born in 1938.

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A Disappointment  Feb 10, 2005
This book is meant to be a step up from the Haiku Handbook with lists of season words and helpful material for the practicing English language haijin. Perhaps because of this focus on the more technical aspects, it loses the warmth of the Handbook in process. In addition, the material is not organized in the splendid manner of the Handbook, and it rather rambles. Not a necessity like the Haiku Handbook, which is clearly Higginson's masterpiece.
Great book but not what I expected  Nov 30, 2003
This is a book on how to write haiku, analyze the different elements within a haiku, etc. Its not a book of haiku poems although there are some really wonderful ones used as examples throughout the book. Although this book is not what I had expected, it is a nice one that would be great for someone studying the art of haiku or just one who enjoys haiku and wants to see the meanings behind the words used. The chapters include:
- The essence of haiku
- the seasons in older japanese poetry
- linked verse and the seasons
- hokku, haiku and senryu
- the haiku seasons
- toward and international haikai almanac
Another Higginson "must-have" for haiku aficionados  Oct 15, 2001
Haiku, like all else, ebbs and flows and completely flips. One of the hotly debated issues is whether or not the "kigo" or season-word still has a legitimate standing in modern haiku. The existence of "saijiki" or season-word lists and the attempts to create saijiki applicable to regions beyond Japan would seem to indicate that the season-word will stay around for quite awhile.

The sheer volume of truly transcendent haiku with kigo will not just evaporate and many haijin still utilise the kigo in haiku as well as in renga/renku experiments for which awareness of season is essential.

A Fantastic Resource for Haiku and Renku Enthusiasts!  Dec 4, 2000
The subtitle for this book is "poetry of the natural world" and that is exactly what Professor Higginson addresses in a wonderful resource for haiku poets interested in exploring kigo (season words and phrases) and the possibilities of renku (collaborative linked verse). Like others, I came to "The Haiku Seasons" after years of referring to "The Haiku Handbook". It has proven to be an excellent sequel.

I particularly like Higginson's explanations of renku portions as well as the richness in scholarship and attention to historic detail. A keeper!

A lucid explanation of the importance of "Seasons" to Haiku.  May 23, 2000
This book is a wonderful follow-on to Higginson's first book on the subject - "The Haiku Handbook". In it, he goes into much more detail and depth on the historical background of haiku. But one gets the feeling that this is really window dressing for the main topic - the significance and overwhelming importance of seasonal reference in traditional haiku.

It has been suggested that the difference between Western haiku and "real" haiku is the former's reluctance to make use of seasonal references. In this book, Higginson explains how the references can be used to convey a vast amount of sub-textual emotion and information by the use of key words and phrases. In short, he shows how it is possible for non-Japanese to use their own cultural and natural pointers, to be able to craft haiku that potentially has as much resonance as those of the Japanese masters.

Needless to say, if you are against the idea/convention/concept of "kigo", this book is not for you. However, if you want to really understand the way that haiku works, if you want to be able to comprehend all the nuances that go in to haiku, you need to at least read this book. It is fascinating and enlightening. Just as good haiku should be.


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