Om Namah Shivaya

Om Namah Shivaya

Mar 9, 2015

HAIKU MASTER SERIES - Sōchō & Sōgi

A series on discussing Haiku Masters and their poetry. This is the first one of the series. Hope you would like it.


VERSE ONE
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What could be the cause of it – 
That I should feel such love again? – Sogi 

While I still have you,
Why think of anyone else
Why this discontent? – Socho


At certain juncture in renga, love or yearnings (omoi) had to be touched on before moving to other pre-designated topics of poetic converse. The Master Sogi (1421 -1502) here poses a riddle: Why do I love when already I love? Socho (1448 – 1532) caps his masters verse cleverly by referring to the enigma of infidelity.

“ Three poets at Minase” from where the above stanza is taken, was composed by Sogi and two of his disciples: Socho, a blacksmith’s son, and Shohaku, a nobleman and son of a minister of State. The entire work was written in six hours, with each poet inventing a stanza every three minutes.

Paragon of renga (linked verse) Masters, Sogi (1421 -1502) was of humble origin, so much so that he kept his birthplace secret. However, as a great poet, he moved in highest circles. Perhaps the most famous Hokku in renga literature, written by Sogi, in 1488, when he was 67. 

Despite some snow
the base of hills spreads with Haze
the twilight scene

Text : The classic tradition of Haiku 
Image: Pondicherry Beach

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Shashi 
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Feb 20, 2015

BOOK CLUB READING: Flora by Gail Godwin

Flora by Gail Godwin
A book about self obsessed child, Helen who is not able to look beyond her own nose to see what's happening around her and still able to hold on her own, when her mainstay of the life, Grand Mother dies. In the small cottage she comes to live with her relative Flora, while her father is working elsewhere... This is a story about her summer days with Flora, who is quite unassuming and her coming of age.
The language is beautifully simple and a child's psychology is truthfully portrayed. I love the way, there are slashes of revelations and how the tragic end cuts across the story line. The constant presence of her Grandmother in her thoughts and the subtlety with which her crush is revealed in direct contrast with the love affair that's taking seed right in front of her nose... which she so childishly refuses to see as usually the self obsessed children do.
I have two things to say on the story... I felt that the story should have ended with the tragedy and it should have been named as Helen rather than Flora.
I liked it, yes, It was a soft read but worth time spent on seeing a grown up truthfully portraying a child.
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