BB. Richard Aldington

22. Smith, Richard Eugene. ‘Haiku and Other Early Images’. In Richard Aldington. Boston: Twayne, 1977.

Compares Aldington’s early short poems with haiku and tanka. Does not distinguish carefully between stylistic likenesses and actual influence, and definitions of Japanese forms are elementary, but given Aldington’s own acknowledgements elsewhere (see 3 and 14) and earlier critical studies (particularly A25, 51, and 52), the assertion that ‘one may readily observe the influence’ of Japanese poetry in Aldington’s work is difficult to dispute, and several poems cited here have not before been noted in this context.







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