Looking out the window one afternoon and seeing the vast amount of land before me.
Outside the window –
Unending sight of trees.
The drifting clouds.
This week’s topics focused on the order of here-and-now and the ideas of Matsuo Basho. The order of here-and-now is a new perspective of evanescence and form, and refers to the return from Nirvana and the transcendental order through compassion. As a response to evanescence and form, we find “in [Basho’s] poems eternal unchanging and the momentary ever-changing” (Inouye, 75). He includes things that have never been written about in Japanese poetry before while following the fundamental concepts of Japanese poetry. At the same time, he states “the gods of desire possessed [him], and burned [his] mind with the longing to go beyond the barrier of Shirakawa” (Basho, 3). His desire for travel is dangerous in that it will threaten him to lose everything, including his sense of self. Because of that, he establishes a greater sense of self through writing prose along with poetry. However, unlike the previously seen cases of evanescence, Basho tries to “depict an external landscape and infuse it with human emotion” (Inouye, 75). That is to say, the boundary between the self and nature breaks down in his poetry, and there is a blend in space and self.