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New to Haiku: Free Discussion Area / The use of simile in haiku
« on: May 25, 2011, 10:34:04 AM »
I was reading "Bare Bones School of Haiku" Lesson Eleven by Jane Reichhold, in which she talked about Basho's haiku techniques, one of which is the use of simile. In the section Jane cited several examples that I'd like to re-quote here in order to clear my confusion of the use of simile in haiku which is quite discouraged.

Here're the haiku that used simile by Basho:

265 (the number of haiku in the book "Basho The Complete Haiku)

sprouts of horsetail
as if a legendary person is wearing
a pleated skirt


pine mushroom
with its ragged top it's
like a pine tree

There're a few more according to Jane.

Any thoughts? Any comments on this?

Thank you for your time and help.



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