at its centre
pulsates the heart of history
reflections of the past
envisioned in daily life
history wherever one looks
© G.s.k. ‘16
“This month we are exploring Basho’s way of writing haiku … we walk his path with its many different haiku writing techniques. Some of those haiku writing techniques came along here in our special feature “Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques” and some didn’t. As for today’s episode mirror … its one of the haiku writing techniques which came along in the first series of CD-HWT last year.
how much it looks like
its image in water
© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)
In this haiku Basho uses the technique of comparison. This technique is very close to the technique of association, which we had in our first regular episode of this month, that it may seem they are the same. There is, however, a slight / vital difference. All comparisons are associations, but not all associations are comparative. The above haiku by Basho is a great example of this technique and this idea.
In the words of Betty Drevniok:
“In haiku the SOMETHING and the SOMETHING ELSE are set down together in clearly stated images. Together they complete and fulfill each other as ONE PARTICULAR EVENT.”
She rather leaves the reader to understand that the idea of comparison is showing how two different things are similar or share similar aspects.”