The Poetry of Space: Cosmic Themes in Haiku and Tanka


  • Dr. Shahid Amin Professor, Department of English, University of Karachi
  • Dr. Shahzad Bashir Professor, Department of History, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad


Haiku, Tanka, Japanese Poetry, Cosmic Themes, Universe, Celestial, Cultural Significance, Artistic Expression


This article delves into the world of Japanese poetry, specifically haiku and tanka, to explore the portrayal of cosmic themes within these traditional forms. From celestial bodies to the vastness of the universe, this study uncovers the profound ways in which poets have drawn inspiration from the cosmos to craft evocative verses. By analyzing select poems and their cultural significance, we highlight the enduring connection between humanity and the cosmos, offering a unique perspective on the intersection of science, art, and the infinite.