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HAIKU (2) poetry of the 80%

Blog Posted:9/7/2020 12:27:00 AM

It has been said the genius of haiku is using an economy of words to paint a multi-tiered painting, without "telling all". or as   Matsuo Basho the master of the haiku puts it

"The haiku that reveals seventy to eighty percent of its subject is good. Those that reveal fifty to sixty percent, we never tire of."

Here is a favourite of mine by Buson (translated by the renown Kenneth Yasuda in 1957)*


In the rains of spring,

An umbrella and raincoat

Pass by,conversing

* NOTE:of course Yusada used the English poetic traditions/ conventions in his translations,and illustrates  the impossibilty of complete accuracy when translating one language into another.

This same problem incidentally arises with bible translations from the Hebrew/Greek where all opt for the explanative style instead of the representitive 

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Date: 9/9/2020 11:23:00 AM
Ciao Brian ! Reading your example I was reminded of Kerouac's haiku Planets are far apart so people can't bother each other :-). ~beto
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Date: 9/7/2020 4:04:00 PM
Hello Brian, interesting subject. I agree it is better not to reveal too much. For me that goes for all poetry. Unzip the veil, as E.B. White says.
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Date: 9/7/2020 10:19:00 PM
Yes,Beiden a little enigma adds to the flavour.Also it is almost impossible to fully reflect that moment of awareness,as Monet found we his and hence his many paintings of the same views

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