6 Miller Samuel

6 Miller Samuel

The other day I made myself a cup of tea and found myself with nothing to do but stare at it until it was cool enough.

A cup of tea

On my desk

Too hot to drink

Basho

 

I was initially confused while reading Evanescence and Form at the assertion that “We find in Basho’s poetry both the eternal unchanging and the momentary ever-changing.” (Inouye 75) However I began to understand more as I read his first poem, Even a thatched hut/May change with a new owner/Into a doll’s house” (Basho 19) Basho’s poem seems to perfectly capture the concept of nothingness that we have been talking about. The hut’s identity has changed, thus his hut and his ownership of the hut are transient. However, the hut has not physically changed but is fundamentally different.  In all of his poems, he shows structural elements that will forever repeat themselves with subtle changes each time. His poem about the frog is timeless because it describes a single event that will repeat itself forever, but never in the same way. I was still confused by another one of his poems. “Spring is passing by/Birds are weeping and the eyes/Of fish fill with tears  (Basho 23) It was mentioned in class that it is difficult to imagine a bird mourning or a fish crying, but is that what makes this a great poem? Perhaps the power of the image or the lyricism come from the fact that it is impossible to tell that a fish is crying or a bird is mourning, but it is known to be happening.

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