How many have ever come across Palgrave’s Golden Treasury of English Verse, a Victorian anthology of great favorites? Once very popular, it is still a good read today, and our Book of the Week borrows from it. Peter Beilenson, editor and translator of classic haiku, chose to call his collection a treasury also, which it is, despite the formal use of the old fashioned 5-7-5 syllabic pattern. Little Treasury of Haiku contains Beleinson’s translations of many of the old Japanese classic haiku.
In the city fields
Contemplating cherry-trees . . .
Strangers are like friends
Falling, falling, falling now . . .
In the farther field
A scarecrow kept me company . . .
Walking as I walked
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Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Garry Eaton, and are used with permissi