Japan is a society filled with unique literary styles, not least amongst them poetry. Japan is most well known for the haiku, a poetry style popularized to the point that it is just as well known in the West as Shakespearean styles. Haiku traditionally consist of three lines: the first five syllables, second seven, and the third five again. Besides haiku, Japan has also produced the less well-known tanka. Tanka are typically five lines: The first line and third line containing five syllables, while the remaining three have seven.
General Information and Analysis:
- Basho, master of the haiku and haiku form
- The Classic Traditions of Haiku
- Thoughts on Juxtaposition
- Rough Sea and Milky Way: ‘Blending’ in a Haiku Text
- Snow Falling from a Bamboo Leaf: the Art of Haiku