Essay on Matsuo Basho's Inspiration

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Bashō’s Inspiration

Poetry is used to convey one’s feelings in an abstract writing of profound perception. When writing poetry, one’s perception must have inspiration in order to breathe life and produce picturesque imagery upon paper. During late 19th century Japan, a linked-verse form of poetry called haiku, formerly known as hokku, was created. It was utilized to signify an autonomous poetic form originating from medieval comic linked verse. Haikus often describes the occurrences of nature or seasons. A poet by the name of Matsuo Bashō mastered the form of haiku. He wrote a travel narrative called, “Narrow Road of the Interior”, by which haikus were inserted to convey his feelings towards the natural settings. Bashō provokes
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Bashō, progressively, comes across, what he refers to as a “mountain-cult temple” called ‘Kōmyōji’. He is invited to go see the temple in which he pays his respects at a place called, ‘the Ascetic’s Hall’. He then composes another haiku, “Toward summer mountains/we set off after prayers/before the master’s clogs.” (Bashō, p.609) This is in reference to the image of the pious man wearing clogs persevered on the ’miracle-working mountain ascetic’ in which Bashō had engaged in prayer. It also suggests that he was moving on from the landmark. The inspiration of this haiku is shown through his perception of the antiquity of the detailed picture as well as the beauty the season bestows upon the mountains. After traveling for some time, Bashō comes across what is known as the ‘Sutra Hall’ and the ‘Golden Hall’. He explains that there are three images of rulers within the Sutra Hall, and three coffins as well as three holy images persevered within the Golden Hall. In the Coffins are the cadavers of the rulers, Hidehira, his father, and his grandfather. Inspired by such sights, Bashō writes, “Do the Fifth- Month rains/ stay away when they fall, / sparing that Hall of Gold.” (Bashō, p 618) This is written in regards to the rain in which had previously damaged the Golden Hall. Given that the Golden Hall remains standing, he, in turn, gives recognition to the rain that seemed to spare the archaic place. After
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