Haiku Master Buson Author:Yuri Sawa, Edith M. Shiffert The Japanese have many artists, many poets and many religious personalitites in their history. The influences on them can be traced, but it is the poetic form of haiku that is best suited to transcend the categories of modernity and classical; and it is Japanese poetry that captures the Western artist who is drawn to the calligraphic style of J... more »apanese creativity.
It is difficult to measure the influence of haiku on Western literature. One major contributor is Bson, an eighteenth centure haijin; he was a poet, a painter and a religionist. This representative work of Buson in English is one of the few significant contributions to the study and appreciation of the genuine activity of the practicing poet, as it is lived and felt in Japanese literature.« less