Haiku Assignment

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Haiku Assignment 1. Furu ike ya kawazu tobikomu mizu no oto Old pond, Frog jump-in, Water sound 2. araikeya kawazu tobikomu oto no nashi a new pond-not even the sound of a frog jumping in 3. Hatsu shigure saru mo komino wo hoshige nari the first cold shower; even the monkey seems to want a little coat of straw. 1 and 3 are by Basho, 2 is by Ryokan Many changes from the 13 th -16 th century drew Japan from the medieval ages to the early modern age. Urban commoners began to emerge as a powerful social and economic force. The advent of han schools for samurai and terakoya temple schools for commoners made education available to the masses. Printing books instead of painstakingly hand-writing manuscripts made reading wildly popular, and the colloquial literature and poetry that emerged would become a dynamic social force. At the forefront of this revolution was haikai no renga. Haikai no Renga was popular linked verse that opened with a hokku verse. Shiki, a writer during the late 1800’s, would later coin the term “haiku”. Haikai attempted to recast the ‘poetic essence’ of classical poetry, juxtaposing archaic traditions with popular culture. This accessible form of poetry leapt nimbly between cultural ‘worlds’, propelled forward by newness but always with one foot in the traditional. In haiku number one we are given the image of an old pond. What comes to
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course JA 130 taught by Professor Ericson during the Winter '07 term at Colorado College.

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