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Sōseki’s White Chrysanthemum

posted Dec 30, 2019, 1:28 PM by Michael Dylan Welch   [ updated Dec 30, 2019, 1:29 PM ]
You may know the classic haiku, “before the white chrysanthemum, / the scissors hesitate / a moment.” And you may think it’s by Buson. But no, it’s actually by Sōseki, and the widespread attribution error seems to have begun with R. H. Blyth. Please read “Sōseki, not Buson: Attributing the White Chrysanthemum,” just added the Essays page, to understand more.