Monday, March 14, 2016


Carpe Diem #937 Robe

put it on to try
in-vest yourself
in a flowered robe

© Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold)

And this is what she tells about the background of this haiku:

The "jiube ga haori" is a padded vest. The "hana goromo" is a flowered robe worn for viewing blossoms. "Haori" sounds similar to "gaori", which means "to surrender to the beauty of flowers", and "kite" can mean both "come" or "wear".

In this haiku Basho uses the haiku writing technique "pun" it's a kind of technique to bring a kind of joke into the haiku. I will explain this a little later in this episode. First I love to look at a few other haiku in which this "pun" is used.

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Puns are things I do in the spur of the moment.  To attempt to do a pun on command is like being told you have to love someone ..
robed in splendor
rippling like muscles
a prancing wrestler

©  Janice 'petra domina' Adcock

Thanks to Chèvrefeuille for daily prompts on