Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
This third Carpe Diem Theme Week is almost over. We have only two episodes to go and than this Theme Week about the haiku by Soseki Natsume is over.
Soseki Natsume was always on search for a new style of haiku writing in which he tried to bring surrealism and fantasy together. It was his lifetime goal as Basho had with his karumi styled haiku. So I did some research on this idea and I ran into a wonderful article at Roadrunner, a haiku e-zine about this idea by Soseki Natsume. In the mentioned article Soseki's ideas were briefly spoken about, Here is part of that article in a slightly revised setting.
Susan Napier, in her book “The Fantastic in Modern Japanese Literature: The Subversion of Modernity”, explains how Sōseki’s Ten Nights of Dream, published in 1908, “[i]n its effective development of a surreal atmosphere of Otherness, combined with its imaginative use of the notion of dream itself, [. . . ] creates a liminal literary world which is clearly that of the twentieth century. It is a world which Freud or Jung would certainly have recognized in terms of its suffocating representation of such peculiarly modern anxieties as crises of identity and free-floating guilt, expressed through archetypal imagery”. She goes on to note that “ . . . Sōseki and other writers of Japanese fantasy created works that appeal to non-Japanese readers at the same time as they used specifically Japanese elements to portray concerns particular to modern Japan”.
|cover of Ten Night's Dreams|
as tiny as a violet
may I be reborn!
as I wash my face, there rises
I marry a plum blossom
in a dream.