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The Temple Bell

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Shoda Koho’s “Temple Bell”

The temple bell stops–
but the sound keeps coming
out of the flowers.

–Basho

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Written by MattAndJojang

October 11, 2017 at 11:34 am

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  1. This reminds me of a line from a childhood hymn. The tradition is different, but the resonance is similar: “All nature sings, and ’round me rings the music of the spheres.”

    shoreacres

    October 11, 2017 at 9:04 pm

  2. Hi, Linda!

    The difference between the artistic sensibilities of Oriental poets and those from the West are much smaller than we think they are. Reading Basho’s haiku reminds me, too, of some lines from the poems of some Western poets.

    For instance, this one is from T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets:”

    At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
    Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is…

    Another one are these lines from William Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence:”

    To see a World in a Grain of Sand
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
    And Eternity in an hour

    To my mind, though, the Oriental poets can express themselves in a much more concise way than the Western poets.

    Glad you enjoyed the haiku…

    –Matt

    MattAndJojang

    October 12, 2017 at 5:12 pm


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