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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

after: 4

Fuji hidden
in fog and rain
I go on

Basho (1644-1694)

The great "reformer" of haiku, founding father of the tradition. This rendering, I must admit, brings out his inner Santoka rather strongly.

For an explanation of "afters," see the post for Nov. 2, 2010.


Blogger Devika said...

yes, a strong one, Bill,

"his inner Santoka" made me look for the meaning -- "mountaintop fire" -- I had heard of the poet...took it as his original name -- good pen name :)


9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:21 AM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

yes another goodie Bill

12:40 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

What I meant, Devika, was that Basho sounds a bit more like Santoka here than he usually does in other people's renderings. Thanks to you, and to Marcel and John.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Henrique Pimenta said...


4:28 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Henrique.

8:16 AM  
Blogger Tikkis said...

got lost --
anyway telling her
to climb upwards

1:04 AM  

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