Writing Technique: Known Things

Written for:  Carpe Diem #943, Flute

pining for flowers
or a tune from Gichiku
Mount Yoshino

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

In this haiku Basho uses the so called “honki-dori” or “literary references” technique. It’s one of the ways writers had of elevating their status by linking their verses to another famous person (or place).
In the above haiku Basho refers to Gichiku.
Gichiku, known as Tozaburo, was a popular flute player in Basho’s time whose hit song had the title of “Yoshino”, the mountain most famous for its cherry trees and deep snows. The idea was that when the flowers bloomed there would be parties, flute playing would be at its best.

bamboo leaves rustle
cherry blossoms from far away
in the backyard

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

looking at mushrooms
see them dance as in Fantasia–
faces in a basket


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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One Response to Writing Technique: Known Things

  1. Wonderful use of this technique Sara.

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