This chapter talks about Matsuo Basho, a famous poet of the Edo period in Japan. Despite the many people who have dealt with the ins and outs of Basho, in him was a deeply developed sense of self-reflection as a poet in his theoretical work on haiku—a reflection on what a human being and a poet are and on what they should be. Basho talked about poetry in terms of fuga (elegant style). The chapter argues that fuga can be given a larger meaning and be applied to Japanese poetry in general or to poetry as an art form, including thirty-one-syllable poems (waka), linked poems (renga), as well as haikai. Fuga also includes what people today call “poetic”; thus, in a sense, fuga is poetic and poetic existence.
Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.