By Y. Hakutani
The main influential East-West creative, cultural, and literary alternate that has taken position in smooth and postmodern instances used to be the studying and writing of haiku. the following, esteemed individuals examine the influence of jap philosophy and faith on African American writers such as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison, delivering a clean box of literary inquiry.
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The difference between Arakida’s and Wright’s haiku is that the former imagines the fallen petal as a butterfly returning to the branch while the latter imagines the blossoming twig as a bird flying into the sun. By borrowing Arakida’s mode of expression, Wright creates an interaction of things for a harmony or yin yang of heaven and earth. Similar to Pound’s “Metro” poem, haiku 362 is an appropriate example of juxtaposition with the use of a semicolon in the first line: The drone of spring rain; A lonely old woman strokes The fur of her cat.
The unconscious, then, is closer to the real than it is to the symbolic; the imaginary is closer to the real than it is to the symbolic. Lacan posits, however, that “there exists a world of truth entirely deprived of subjectivity,” universal truth, “and that . . ”45 Lacan sees the door as language; the door is open either to the real or to the imaginary. He says that “we don’t know quite which, but it is either one or the other. ”46 He considers language either objective or subjective; the real is objective whereas the imaginary is subjective.
Similarly, Wright expresses his attitude toward autumn in a positive tone: Golden afternoon: Tree leaves are visiting me In their yellow clothes. (666) Li Po, one of the most famous poets in the Tang Dynasty, presents his idea of lonelilessness in a quatrain, “Sitting Alone toward the Jingting Hill” (独坐敬亭山): 众鸟高飞尽，孤云独去闲。 相看两不厌，只有敬亭山。(Ge and Cang 23) wright, japanese poetics, classical chinese poetry / 29 All the birds have flown high and away, A lonely cloud is wandering off free. We look at each other without boredom, It’s you, the Jingting Hill.