Reginald Horace Blyth

1898 - 1964

A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on books, organize, and seasons

Regarding R. H. Blyth: The first book in English based on the saijiki is R. H. Blyth's Haiku, published in four volumes from 1949 to 1952. After the first, background volume, the remaining three consist of a collection of Japanese haiku with translations, all organized by season, and within the seasons by traditional categories and about three hundred seasonal topics.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: William J. Higginson, The Haiku Seasons, 1996, p. 119 [saijiki]

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on men

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Regarding R. H. Blyth: Two men who may be called pillars of the Western haiku movement, Harold G. Henderson and R. H. Blyth. . . .

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes — Elizabeth Searle Lamb, A Haiku Path, p. 5

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on art and zen

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Art is frozen Zen

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on life

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A haiku is the expression of a temporary enlightenment, in which we see into the life of things.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on brevity, experience, feeling, literature, nature, quality, rest, seasons, and world

It is not merely the brevity by which the haiku isolates a particular group of phenomena from all the rest; nor its suggestiveness, through which it reveals a whole world of experience. It is not only in its remarkable use of the season word, by which it gives us a feeling of a quarter of the year; nor its faint all-pervading humour. Its peculiar quality is its self-effacing, self-annihilative nature, by which it enables us, more than any other form of literature, to grasp the thing-in-itself.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes — Haiku, Volume 4, p. 980.

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A Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth on poetry and safety

Regarding R. H. Blyth: Blyth is sometimes perilous, naturally, since he's a high-handed old poem himself, but he's also sublime - and who goes to poetry for safety anyway.

Reginald Horace Blyth (1898 - 1964)

Source: Zen Quotes — J. D. Salinger

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