Dear Chèvrefeuille let me just exemplify some points you raise in this brief essay.

There are few things to be explicitly noticed in Basho's Haiku. There is No artifical "aha! moment". It is just a deep feeling spread over time and eternity!The classical Japanese don't self consciously discard the time element in haiku in favour of just spatial descriptions of a moment and pretend it is satori. They realize the spatial, sensual and time element are all important in a haiku. I hope modern Haijin-s too recognize this great enhancing possibility in their haiku as Chèvrefeuille has done here.

Let us not insist on nullifying the haiku to a present tense space. We can be much more generous and genuine with our great classical precursors!. Haiku is also an act of participation and not just a tentative dissociation!

This is not to deny the presence of Zen and other Buddhist aspirations and more primitive traditional animistic faiths rituals etc. too in haiku..

There is something subtle and meta-logical concealed in a good haiku. It thus makes a seamless metaphysical affirmation often, despite appearing to be a very ordinary and everyday experience.

Thank you Chèvrefeuille for bringing up some salient perspectives
Narayanan Raghunathan Fri, Dec 16th 2011, 13:29  
Dear Narayanan, thank you for your response on this essay. It's part of a series I have written about Basho.
More of this series you can read on my website:
Chèvrefeuille Sat, Dec 17th 2011, 07:55  
Dear Chèvrefeuille I request you to post your other Basho essays too as a series in due course on our site. It will be highly appreciated. Certainly, I will visit your site,
Narayanan Raghunathan Sun, Dec 18th 2011, 08:31  
Dear Narayanan, It's my pleasure to share the following parts of this series 'Basho Revisited'. I am glad you will visit my haiku-blog.
Thanks for this opportunity to share my 'love' for Basho on Wonder Haiku Worlds.

Chèvrefeuille Mon, Dec 19th 2011, 12:19  
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