Basho, Robert Aitken and Haiku 5

This is part of a series of posts combining my own reading of the book by RA referred to on previous posts, reflection with that of Basho through Robert Aitken’s eyes and pen.

In chapter 16, Aitken uses Basho’s

Look children!

Hailstones –

let’s rush out!

to locate Basho’s childlike being –

not missionary of love – out to create certain emotions

not ironic – turning himself into an outsider

and he ends by referring to Thoreau as having said he runs in the other direction when he sees some one coming to do him good.


~ by Barbara S on April 30, 2022.

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