Dear haijin, visitors and travelers,
The English poet John Milton (1608-1674) was a contemporary of Basho (1644-1694) they perhaps didn't meet eachother, but for this episode of Carpe Diem's "Distillation" I bring Milton in contact with the poetry which Basho made famous ... the haiku.
|Title page of the first edition in ten books of "Paradise Lost"|
This first edition was published in 1667
Looks through the horizontal misty air,
Shorn of his beams, or from behind the Moon,
In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds
On half the nations, and with fear of change
What was the goal of this "Distillation"? The goal is to distil a haiku from the classical poem given. Try to write a haiku distilled from this part of Paradise Lost by John Milton. Have fun, be inspired and share your "distillation" with our Haiku Kai.
disastrous twilight falls
the world in fear