Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Today we will meet Masaoka Shiki, who gave haiku it's name and brought this poetry-art into the 20th century. Shiki died at a young age by a kind of Tuberculosis. His name ''Shiki'' means ''bleeding throat'' and refers to the story of a bird which sang until it's throat bleed. Shiki was a ''follower'' of the style by Buson and was very clear in his meaning about Basho. He didn't like Basho's haiku ... but at the end of his life ... he said something like "I was a great poet, but Basho is the real master''.
|Credits: Masaoka Shiki
the sad voice kept me waking up,
the cry reminded me of my old home town far away.
|Credits: Hototogisu (the bird with the bleeding throat)
the wild geese take flight
in the moonlit night
© Masaoka Shiki
|Credits: First Steam Train/Engine Leaving Yokohama (woodblock-print)
The second haiku is a great one ... it's a spring haiku ''young foliage'' points to spring and it points towards the industrial revolution with the coming of the steam engine. In that time it was a ''wonder'' to see the steam engine. Shiki must have been in awe as he saw the first steam engine ...
under the full moon
the screech of a steam engine -
cherry blossoms shiver
What a nice and exciting time it must have been ... to see all to changes ... And ofcourse it is exciting that Shiki gave haiku it's name as we still use it today ...
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until July 8th at noon (CET). I will try to post our new episode, the second haiku by Basho, later on.