Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
As you all know, my sensei, Matsuo Basho, is very important to me not even I admire his haiku skills, but I also admire his way of living. I am just a guy who loves to be in nature, sometimes they "you are nature", okay that can be, but ... well I do like being in nature, as does e.g. Hamish and several other haiku poets from our haiku family.
This month we are exploring Basho's way of writing haiku ... we walk his path with its many different haiku writing techniques. Some of those haiku writing techniques came along here in our special feature "Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques" and some didn't. As for todays episode mirror ... its one of the haiku writing techniques which came along in the first series of CD-HWT last year.
Today it's about comparison and the haiku by Basho, which we will look at, is one of his known haiku and I think I have used it earlier here or on one of my other weblogs.
|Rabbit Ear Iris
how much it looks like
its image in water
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
In this haiku Basho uses the technique of comparison. This technique is very close to the technique of association, which we had in our first regular episode of this month, that it may seem they are the same. There is, however, a slight / vital difference. All comparisons are associations, but not all associations are comparative. The above haiku by Basho is a great example of this technique and this idea.
As I was preparing this episode I looked back at that episode which I mentioned above from our first series of CD-HWT and I thought "I use a part of that episode here again".
downstream cherry trees
|Credits: stars, the Pleiads
my parents would meet
morning dew evaporates -
spirits climb to the sky
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until March 5th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our new episode, the first CD-Special of this month, later on.