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Even on the rudimentary level this is * These particular terms have never become as rigidly dualistic in Japan as in Occidental thinking and their oneness in experience is generally understood and accepted. Due to the historical associations around words such as subject and object, or form and content, the English words themselves seem immediately to suggest separate entities rather than distinguishable aspects of a whole. Wherever these terms occur hereafter, they are to be understood as defined in the text.

Even that most persistent of imagistic poets, William Carlos Williams, would not escape censure from Japanese critics even though he has maintained that “all art is necessarily objective. ”7 Yet the function of the explicit, prose statement in the first line of the following beautiful poem seems primarily explanatory:8 so much depends upon a red wheel barrow glazed with rain water beside the white chickens Let us compare this with the following poem by Basho– remembering that enjoyment that comes from a haiku comes intuitively and immediately, rather than through logical reasoning: On a withered bough A crow alone is perching; Autumn evening now.

The Orient and Contemporary Poetry” in The Asian Legacy and American Life, p. ) Japanese Haiku final:Japanese Haiku final 5/5/11 3:23 PM Page 12 12 The Japanese Haiku even remark on its beauty aloud to his friends. The poet, standing beside them, also sees the dragonfly and notices it light on a blade of rye, as do the other two. He is immediately interested in the dragonfly—in its color, form, and quality. This is a happening shared by the three men. The farmer, in seeing the dragonfly, may have agreed with his friend the entomologist about its beauty, but it does not affect him.

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