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I figured after I've been bastardizing the form for so long, I should put up a discussion for classic haiku. :>)


We all know the requirement that the poems be three lines with 5, 7, and 5 syllables (the anglicized version of the Japanese "on," or sound units). Here are a couple more requirements of classic haiku (taken from the links that are posted on the group main page):


  • Haiku typically contain a kigo, a defined word or phrase that symbolizes or implies the season of the poem. Kigo are often in the form of metonyms, or words that imply a season (for instance, to the Japanese, the frog would imply Spring when frogs emerge in rice paddies). There are regional equivalents in America...for instance, the cherry blossoms emerging in Washington, DC, are recognized as a Springtime phenomenon, or snow in the north indicating winter...but Western poets often simply use the season names.  
  • Haiku also typically contain a kireji, or "cutting word," often placed at the end of a line, which is intended to briefly cut the train of thought to prompt the reader to reflect on the relationships within the poem.  In classical Japanese haiku there are 18 kireji...actual sound units for which there are no equivalents in English. So Western poets often use ellipses or hyphens to indicate such a break. Here's an example of one kireji, "ya" being used mid-verse, and how it plays out in English: 

          yuku|haru|ya| tori|naki|uo|no| me|wa|namida

go|spring|—| bird|crying|fish|'s| eye|as-for|tear


          spring going—
          birds crying and tears
          in the eyes of fish


Okay, it looks daunting, but it's not really.  


Tags: that's what I'm talking about, the real thing, traditional haiku

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Replies to This Discussion

tomatoes ripen
succulent, sweet and acid...
remembrance of love
too late for jonquils-
but above the thorns, roses
sweeter than ever

(the essence of this is from William Carlos Williams' The Ivy Crown)
Exquisite, d's girl!!!!! Oh, you know what your gift of The Ivy Crown meant to me. Thank you!
Still endless rain, 'though,
cherry flowers beaten down
rose's buds rising.
Lovely, WS! Always something to which to look forward!
I really like that, WS.
lovely caterpillar
happily inching along-
I love watching him
magnolia blossoms open
lightening bugs glimmer...
i listen for you
I like this, Anghrad. I miss magnolias! Do lightning bugs make a noise. Sounds like a koan!
Thank you, WS! You really made me think about the lightning bugs...Hmmmmmm?!
I'm cheating...I posted this on Atlantis...but it's one I want to think about. A tribute to my love.

red carpet of leaves
chrysanthemums and rice grains ...
guide newlywed feet
carolina beach
sand crabs search for summer homes...
you dance wild and free




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