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Posts from Week 6.

6 Zhao Ruhui

This week, when Professor Inouye talked about the word “shashin写真”, I suddenly realize that it’s a very interesting word. I’ve already known that it means photographs, but when looking at the two kanjis, I can imagine a person performing drawings … Continue reading

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6 Zhang Hanyao

In Basho’s journey, when sorrowful changes happen–drama of seasons, illness and separation from partners— he is always calm and faces them frankly. Basho’s attitude towards evanescence is based on his acceptance and understanding of form. Basho’s journey is like the … Continue reading

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6 Hall Mario

Scenario: Feeling overheated in my room after being in a daze of work, I open my window.  wind enters— cold and warm calm me This week, we learned about the beauty of sorrow, the Japanese views of nature (as a … Continue reading

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6 Shigenobu Hanako

While I was running, I passed an iced over Mystic Lake. My poem is written about a moment I had running along Mystic Lake. The road was empty, the air was brisk, and the lake was frozen over and completely … Continue reading

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6 Luna-Smith Wesley

I was combating the wind while rushing to work.   Trees bend, With the constant wind. I must push forward. Basho’s poetry breaks away from pre-modern form in two ways. His haikus do not adhere to the lexicon established in … Continue reading

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6 Traitz Lauren

What I thought about most while reading this week is our tendency to place ourselves within a narrative. Perhaps, as Professor Inouye suggests, this habit of seeing our lives as a protagonist’s role in a story flows from the development … Continue reading

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6 Fukushima Lisa

HAIKU: Friday night, I was walking along Boston Avenue to my friend’s house. breath clouds whitely~ here, now, I truly do exist. IMAGE: Matsuo Basho and Sora PARAGRAPH: On Evanescence and Form (pp. 74-80) and Narrow Road to the Deep North … Continue reading

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6 Maman Philippe

As I stepped out onto my porch: Snow falling – Deafening, I leave my house.   Basho’s liminal role in Japanese culture led to “creation of new poetic associations with place (haimakura) and new poetic resonances” (Inouye, 76). This new … Continue reading

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6 Lee Karen

Just looking up at the night sky… I must admit that this week’s reading confused me. What I can draw from it is that Basho’s poetry exemplifies both change and the unchanging, and are thus timeless. The emotion in his … Continue reading

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6 Brooks Nicole

This week we focused on the traveling poet, Basho, as well as the defining of Japanese poetics. I found it helpful to read Basho to gain more experience with reading haiku. The transition from samurai controlled Japan to modernization caused … Continue reading

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