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Well-Versed

Well-Versed

Exploring Modern Japanese Haiku

Ozawa Minoru
Translated by Janine Beichman
Photography by Maeda Shinzō & Akira

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¥3,700

Published by JPIC | ISBN 978-4-86658-179-8 (Hardcover) | 376 pages | 210mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2021

About the Book

This volume of seasonally-arranged poems is a guide to the appreciation and enjoyment of the great variety of modern Japanese haiku. From turn-of-the-century masters to poets of today, 300 of Japan’s best modern haiku are introduced by Ozawa Minoru, a leading contemporary haiku poet and critic. Each of the poems, many of them scarcely known, is sensitively discussed together with the background of the poem and the relations between the poets.

The volume includes poems from the end of the century through the beginning of the twenty-first century by the most important writers of modern haiku. Alongside these are works by well-known novelists and other cultural figures who were not professional haiku poets but for whom haiku was an important part of their lives, such as Kubota Mantarō, Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, and Natsume Sōseki. The book also features beautiful seasonal photographs at the beginning of each chapter.

About the Author

OZAWA Minoru

Ozawa Minoru (b. 1956) is a prominent Japanese haiku poet and critic. He began writing haiku while a student at Shinshu University and went on to graduate studies in literature at Seijo University. In 2000, after fifteen years as editor-in-chief of the prominent haiku magazine Taka, he founded Sawa, which he continues to direct. His first haiku collection was Kinuta (1986), followed by Ritsuzō (1997), which won the New Faces Prize of the Association of Haiku Poets. Shunkan (2006), his third haiku collection, won the Yomiuri Literature Prize for Poetry. For Haiku no hajimaru basho (2007) he won the Association of Haiku Poets 22nd Prize for Criticism. He is a member of the board of directors of the Association of Haiku Poets, and serves as judge for haiku columns in the Yomiuri Shimbun, the Tokyo Shimbun, and other publications.

内容紹介

井月・子規から今日活躍する俳人まで、近現代の珠玉の300句を、俳句革新の旗手・小澤實が解説。

今読んでも新鮮に味わうことのできる秘められた名句を厳選し、季節ごとに配列。一句一句を丹念に読み解きながら、詠まれた背景や俳人同士の関わりまでが鮮やかに描き出される。

俳句・季語・作家という3種の充実した索引で、使いやすさもバツグン。今、俳句を楽しむために必要な鑑賞眼が身につく一冊。

明治から大正、昭和を経て、平成に至るまでの俳句を取り上げた。近現代の俳句の流れを形作っている代表的作家をピックアップしたつもりだ。子規・虚子門が連なる主峰はもちろんのこと、虚子への反発から生まれた、新傾向俳句、自由律俳句、新興俳句などの作家も掬い上げた。小説家などの余技の俳句、いわゆる文人俳句も取りあげた。さらに注目している久保田万太郎の師弟の流れは積極的に取り上げている。季節順に句を並べた一冊を通して、近現代俳句の多様な響きが、聞こえてきたとしたら、とてもうれしい。

著者紹介

小澤 實

1956年生まれ。俳人。俳句雑誌「澤」主宰。俳人協会理事。成城大学大学院文学研究科博士課程単位取得退学。句集に『砧』(牧羊社)・『立像』(角川書店、俳人協会新人賞)があるほか、2006年に第三句集の『瞬間』(角川書店)で讀賣文学賞受賞。讀賣新聞・東京新聞等の俳壇選者を務める。

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Original Japanese Edition / 原書情報

名句の所以:近現代俳句をじっくり読む

名句の所以:近現代俳句をじっくり読む

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