Japanese Poetry and the “Pathetic Fallacy”
- Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
- Mosaic, an interdisciplinary critical journal
- Volume 45, Number 1, March 2012
- pp. 171-184
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Many poems in the tradition of Japanese haiku appear to exhibit what John Ruskin named “the pathetic fallacy.” A proper understanding of the philosophical framework within which these poems were created will show that this charge is unfounded because it relies on an overly stark separation of perceiving subject and perceived object.