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I found it profound and defining. This bard is of my fabric.
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The Japanese Haiku
K E N N E T H Y A S U D A
Each age has its own unique poetry—its own peculiar emotional stance—and, whatever may be expected of poetry, it is generally agreed that it should communicate the feelings of its age.
How these feelings are to be communicated has been a point of strong issue between generations.
We feel betrayed by the bright optimism and professed realism of the nineteenth century, and in our resentment often claim its poetry to be bankrupt.
Our generation in the West has the opportunity, as it has never had before, of reaching a deep and fundamental understanding with that part of the East which Japan represents, perhaps not only in poetry, but in the wider realization of common humanity.
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The temper of present-day America has much that can find
close kinship with Japanese temperament and culture.
In regard to a unity in life, art, and mental attitude, there is no other artist for whom it is so harmonized as for the haiku poet. . . .
So the feeling that in a country as Japan haiku will always be the first and last art form is deeply held.
and its allusive life!
Haiku is the tendency of critics to dismiss it as inconsequential for reasons with no relationship to its function nor appreciation of its accomplishments.
Basho– noted: “From ancient times, those with a feeling for refinement . . . find joy in knowing the truth and insight of things.”1 For as the haiku is a major poetic form in Japan.
A E S T H E T I C A T T I T U D E
color, form, and quality
I have stated that a haiku attitude and an aesthetic experience are inseparable and co-exist, but that a haiku attitude does not necessarily cause an experience to be aesthetic.
“form of direct experience”
“Before an artist can develop his reconstruction of the scene before him . . . he observes the scene with meanings and values brought to his perception by prior experiences. . . . They cannot vanish and yet the artist continues to see an object.”
The poet today then . . . must constantly concern himself with the immediately presented data of experience. . . . But concrete experience has meaning,—indeed, it has form, has existence— only in terms of values. . . .
“The spirit of composing haiku must be a searching
which is both passive and active, to feel the dignity of
unadorned nature in such a way as to reflect our real life, in all its diversities.”
Every man, poet or not, as Dewey remarks, possesses a
funded experience through which his insights are indeed his
own: “I have tried to show . . . that the aesthetic is no intruder
in experience from without, whether by way of idle luxury or
transcendent reality, but that it is the clarified and intensified
development of traits that belong to every normally complete
Often we see only superficially through the eyes of convention, prejudice, or tradition; relate casually to objects instead of experiencing them.
This is fatal for the poet, as poet.
His perceptions can become sharp only as his funded experience becomes easily available to him, as he strives to be sincere, to be devoted single mindedly to the realization that is his.
Only by doing so can he achieve an aesthetic experience or, as Otsuji calls it, a unity in life, arising from the poet’s very being: “Before a poet can compose haiku, he must find a unity within his life which must come from the effort to discover his true self.”
Power of “resonation” of the aesthetic moment, which arises of course from the words of the work.
WHERE On the withered bough
WHAT A crow alone is perching;
WHEN Autumn evening now.
The reason why the Japanese poet stresses the seasonal theme, arises from a recognition of man as a part of nature and man’s inescapable involvement in nature—an awareness suppressed by Western urban life—and this recognition is given actuality through the seasonal theme.
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Thank You Yasuda Sensei.
From chibi Mariyachan
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