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Haiku Blogfest Entry

Let me preface this by saying that I don’t consider myself much of a writer or anything like a poet. I do love haiku as a form since it involves an unusual form of wordplay for the English language. Hence, I have decided to enter this blogfest.

Newcomers, I am sorry to disappoint if you were expecting something of literary merit. Mostly you will find ramblings and musings on technical and philosophical topics. If you find them interesting, so much so the better. If not, I apologize and wish you well.

My haiku:

Wittgenstein said that
“Die Welt ist alles, was der
Fall ist.” Yes, but no.

I wrote about 7 haiku in preparation for this blogfest, but chose this one because it was most relevant to the spirit of my blog, even if it is at odds with the spirit of the haiku form.

The quote is the first main proposition of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. It translates most often as “The world is everything that is the case.” The “yes, but no” is a reference to a particular interpretation of the TLP that states that it is but a means to an end and that if one truly understands what the TLP is presenting, it is reduced to non-sense. I’ve heard it referred to as a ladder that is discarded when one reaches the top, because once one has reached the conclusions that Wittgenstein has, one will see the world as more than a mere collection of facts. This is something that put Wittgenstein at odds with certain Vienna Circle members, but that is a story for another time.

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  1. 3 September 2010 at 10:34 am

    Very interesting choice for this blogfest! You’ve given me something to chew on, which is always enjoyable, and the way I prefer to walk away from any written anything 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    • 4 September 2010 at 4:38 pm

      Glad you enjoyed!

  2. 3 September 2010 at 12:36 pm

    You should consider writing more often, Rory. Conceptually, I thought this was great.

    • 4 September 2010 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks! I have been writing more these days; it’s just that most of it doesn’t see the light of day. Glad you enjoyed!

  3. 3 September 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Way to use German! I did, too…yours is a bit more involved than mine, though! It was good. Thanks for sharing!

    • 4 September 2010 at 4:39 pm

      Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it!

  4. 3 September 2010 at 2:12 pm

    A historical haiku, eh? I liked it! Very monumental.

    • 4 September 2010 at 4:39 pm

      I tried to make it a bit more interesting than a musing on cherry blossoms. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Wendy Tyler Ryan
    3 September 2010 at 3:59 pm

    As someone with German heritage, I can appreciate this haiku even if it is non traditional. And…it follows the 5-7-5- rule.

    • 4 September 2010 at 4:40 pm

      The 5-7-5 rule is all there is to a haiku! If you don’t have it, you don’t have anything. Glad you enjoyed it.

  6. 3 September 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Nice use of German in your haiku- definitely stretched my brain! Granted, there’s not much left to stretch these days, but I enjoyed it nonetheless!

    • 4 September 2010 at 5:41 pm

      I was hoping that it would be brain-stretching and thought provoking. Thanks!

  7. 4 September 2010 at 11:04 am

    Only you would bring German, Wittgenstein and haiku together. ❤

    • 4 September 2010 at 5:41 pm

      Yep. Only me!

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