Friday, March 28, 2008

Half a page written

I have decided that it's probably a bad idea to put the actual draft of my paper on an Internet. I don't want a professor to be all like "I found this same paper on a blog" and I'll have to be all like "*cough* Yeah that's totally my blog, right," and be, though not a plagiarist, totally sketchy. Plus, I don't know, it's conceivable, though extremely unlikely, that someone else might eventually want to plagiarize such a paper, and I wouldn't want that. The notes though, go nuts. I hope they were helpful.

Things I am tempted to write in the draft, but will not because it might get overlooked when revising: "Well I tried to make it Sunday, but I got SO DAMNED DEPRESSED."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

more Basho

h34. "If I'd the knack / I'd sing like / cherry flakes falling." Appreciation of beauty - how does this relate to happiness?

h35. "Striding ten, twelve / miles in search of / cherry wreathes - how glorious." Happiness via search for beauty? Or happiness merely via exertion?

h45. "Draining the sake / cask - behold, / a gallon flower-vase." This also makes me happy. Out of the good, good? Endings are new beginnings?

h74. "Poor boy - leaves / moon-viewing / for rice-grinding." Abandoning the beautiful for the practical. But does the boy do this because he is poor, or does Basho just pity him because he is forced to go do chores?

h79. "Bright moon: / I stroll around the pond - / hey, dawn has come." One enjoyable moment is extended until it is superceded by another.

h91. "To lie drunk / on cobbles, / bedded in pinks." Drunken contentment with the state of being drunk.

Observation: Basho's haiku are generally moments observed or experienced: What is happening, how he is feeling, nothing more. He chronicles episodes of happiness (and sadness, and peacefulness, and excitement), rather than analyzing them. I myself tend to include descriptions of events and feelings only to give context to my analysis of them. Is it questionable to apply analysis to Basho's haiku, when that is what they purposely avoid?

h99. "Old legs, still eager / for Yoshino's / flowering slopes." Why does this make me think of happy moments?

h113. "Noon doze, / wall cool against / my feet." Tactile pleasure. Simple joys?

So, yeah, I dropped that class.

But I still have the odd incomplete class to finish up by way of writing papers. So I decided to take my notes straight onto an Internet, in the hopes that a) I could then access them anywhere; b) I could copy and paste a bunch of it into the paper proper; and c) It would, you know, make me (and make me feel) more productive.

So then, on Basho:

p 10. Basho suggests that the spirit properly is like the natural world, with a natural ebb and flow, high points and low points, constantly changing. I wonder: Times of unhappiness are then not necessary for happiness, but rather just strictly necessary. Also: happiness is not a goal, merely part of the environment?

h1: "In my new robe / this morning - / someone else." Makes me think of happiness, but why?

h9: "Wearing straw cloaks, / with spring / saints greet each other." vs.
h30: "Behind the virgins' / quarters, / one blossoming plum." Divers routes to happiness? The spiritual vs. the natural, or the ascetic vs. the sensual? Both are valid, but are either valid without the other?

h17: "Sparrows in eaves, / mice in ceiling - / celestial music." Happiness in the familiarity of home, even in situations considered unideal (mice in ceiling).

h28. "Another haiku? / Yet more cherry blossoms - / not my face." Unclear whether sarcastic or laudatory.