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“GETTING” R. H. BLYTH / HOKKU

“GETTING” R. H. BLYTH | HOKKU.

Blossoms (and Blossoms, and Blossoms, and Blossoms) / Red Dragonfly

Blossoms (and Blossoms, and Blossoms, and Blossoms) « Red Dragonfly.

Having read Blyth, Ueda, and Stryk considerably, I have such respect and fondness for their exposition and translation work. Stryk’s Issa (and Takahashi) and Ueda’s Basho are glorious for many reasons. Blyth’s four volumes on haiku show how carefully he approaches translation and how he perceives the inseparability of Zen Buddhism and the Japanese culture in which it originated.

In this particular comparative reading, I prefer R. H. Blyth’s careful noting of each thing and how the “flower-petals” gather the scene into one unity. He gives the preposition “on” a wonderful importance to make the little word live again. ~ yours truly, df

Robert Aitken, The Last Interview / Tricycle

 

 

No Mean Preacher | Tricycle.

~ from 3 Quarks Daily