The Narrow Road To Deepest Gippsland.

I’m in Kilcunda for a week. Patterns in sand and rock remind me of Suminagashi, which in turn somehow reminds me of Renga. 

I can’t find any decent examples of the latter on the net, so when I get home I’ll scan a gooden by Basho and his mates and add it to this blog.

Some more knowlegable than I would argue , a) the opening section of a Renga is the origin of Haiku , and/or b) , that by separating  that first section and making it a complete work, Masaoka Shiki didn’t revitalise a form , but invented a new one.

Shiki may have invented the term Haiku, but I’m not sure how b) tallies with the tens of thousands of independent three line seventeen ‘syllable’ poems written in Japan before the final quarter of the nineteenth century.




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