japonisme: come may

06 May 2008

come may

THE LOCUST TREE IN FLOWER

Among
the leaves
bright

green
of wrist-thick
tree

and old
stiff broken
branch

ferncool
swaying
loosely strung—

come May
again
white blossom

clusters
hide
to spill

their sweets
almost
unnoticed

down
and quickly
fall

Among
of
green

stiff
old
bright

broken
branch
come

white
sweet
May

again

William Carlos Williams
五月雨をあつめて早し最上川
Samidare o atsumete hayashi Mogamigawa
The Mogami River, gathering rain of May and even more rapid

Matsuo Bashō

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4 Comments:

Blogger the blue bicycle said...

ahhhhh ..... I love the work of William Carlos Williams .... the subtlety of a true word master!

Many consider his poetry to be rather simple minded (as though any 5 year old could paint a Jackson Pollock!)

I'm thrilled to see him do here in this poem what I LOVE to do with his work: to go back into the beginning stanzas and re-arrange words to expand the meaning of the entire work itself. He truly looks at the words 'themselves' - how they react sitting next to another; how they look; feel in the rhythm of voice.

beautiful post, lotus. thank you.

xx
lady blue

07 May, 2008 06:00  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh you add so much to the reading! thank you.

i was aware of the imagist poets, though not as such, but really had not read them in any depth, but as i began to learn of their relationship to japonisme i began to feature them here.

07 May, 2008 07:05  
Blogger Roxana said...

well I was thinking to post somehting on may, but now I might reconsider, yours is so beautiful :-)

08 May, 2008 14:48  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

oh, you must!

08 May, 2008 16:53  

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