Winter Solitude

Winter solitude--
in a world of one color
the sound of wind.


Translated by Robert Hass

by Matsuo Basho

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How beautifully expressed!
(Winter Solitude by Matsuo Basho.) **Winter theme- the color of gray: it’s all about the cold and wind and seclusion, etc.
about the 'qualities' of Japanese haiku, according to Blyth: '' It is not merely the brevity by which [the haiku] isolates a particular group of phenomena from all the rest; nor its suggestiveness, through which it reveals a whole world of experience. It is not only in its remarkable use of the season word, [..] Its peculiar quality is its self-effacing, self-annihilative nature, by which it enables us, more than any other form of literature, to grasp the thing-in-itself. ''
so simple, so deep, so beautiful..