Chen-ou Liu's Translation Project: First English-Chinese Haiku and Tanka Blog

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Snowstorm Haiku for Seamus Heaney, Poet of "the Silent Things"

Toronto snowstorm ...
writing haiku to escape
the fear of silence
NeverEnding Story, 31 August, 2013

Note: The Irish poet Seamus Heaney (13 April 1939 – 30 August 2013), who won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature, died yesterday at the age of 74. Outside the haiku poetry community, he was one of few Western poets who recognized and appreciated Japanese haiku's influence on English poetry. On 24 November, 2007, he published an article, titled "The Pathos of Things," where he expressed his view of haiku in relation to English poetry in general and to the Irish lyrical tradition in particular, and his close examination of Ezra Pound's Metro Poem (first English language hokku). For  more information, see my 'Dark Wings of Night' post, titled 'Seamus Heaney and His View of Haiku.'