Haiku before haiku from the renga masters to basho haiku before haiku from the renga masters to basho translated and with an introduction by steven d carter by continuing to use this website you consent to columbia university press usage of cookies and similar technologies . While the rise of the charmingly simple brilliantly evocative haiku is often associated with the seventeenth century japanese poet matsuo basho the form had already flourished for more than four hundred years before basho even began to write these early poems known as hokku are identical to haiku in syllable count and structure but function differently as a genre. Haiku before haiku presents 320 hokku composed between the thirteenth and early eighteenth centuries from the poems of the courtier nijo yoshimoto to those of the genres first professional master sogi and his disciples it features 20 masterpieces by basho himself. Haiku before haiku from the renga masters to basho steven d carter translator new york columbia university press 2011 167 pages 5x8glossy brick red card covers perfectbound isbn 978 0 231126 47 9 price 2250 from the publisher or booksellers. Haiku before haiku from the renga masters to basho translated by steven d carter reviewed by diana k mclean 163 pp columbia university press 2011 steven d carters new book haiku before haiku from the renga masters to basho is a trove of translations of haiku or hokku as they were called then from the period before matsuo basho
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