The best these Speculations can offer is possibilities.
on words of Nietzsche: Human-all-too-Human, ch. iii.]
Haiku is the combination of simplicity and subtlety, clarity
on words of R. H. Blyth.]
Intellective expressions are held in low esteem in haiku
because haiku aim to indicate the suchness or essentiality
of entities, and though, perforce, language is needed for
haiku expression, the suchness of things or anything that
is absolute (the universe, God, pure nothingness) is suprarational
and cannot be expressed in conceptual terminology. Therefore,
haiku needs another mode to indicate or express its aim,
and this mode must be the elicitation of an intuitionintuition
being logically non-linguistic, more akin to deep feelings
than to mental concepts, and it derives from the aesthetic
nature of genuine haiku, rather than from the words per
se. In other words, the aesthetic aspects of language in
haiku are far more important than the words' denotationdenotation,
again, being intellective.
A true haiku poet has no self, yet there is nothing that
is not his/her-self.
on a passage of Shitou's.]
Underlying all aspects of the structure and aesthetics of
haiku is the quality of one's heart.
Write your haiku for the ear, read haiku aloud. The word
is/was made for the ear more than for the eye.
by a passage by Juan Ramón Jiménez.]
Haiku are the charm of the ephemeral.
This passage has relevance for haiku poets: "We are
blind to reality because we are so accustomed to our surroundings
and to ourselves that we are no more aware of them. Once
we break the fetters of habit by the power of a paradoxical
situation or by a flash of intuition, everything becomes
a revelation and every day life turns into a wonder."
By ". . . the power of a paradoxical situation
. . . " we can incorporate into our haiku the aesthetic
juxtaposition of seemingly disparate entities that allow
us to have a revelation.
by Lama Anagarika Govinda in his Insights of a Himalayan
Pilgrim, Dharma Publishing, Berkeley, California, 1991,
It appears that one "reason" why haiku poets should
feel rather than think when composing haiku is that psychological
research has shown that when persons are performing rather
subtle tasks, those who "feel" their way in regard
to the tasks tend to be more creative than those who consciously
try to think their way through.
in part by a passage of Huston Smith's.]
A haiku of true merit is almost always a defeat for the