#76 of #365 A Prompt A Day For Bee ~ Haiku on Shadow Poetry

December 2018

I’ve totally forgotten how much I researched the Haiku…

August 2014

I knew why I introduced you to Shadow Poetry a few weeks ago: it is a brilliant page about poetry and if I wouldnโ€™t have been so grumpy yesterday I am sure I would have remembered to have a look there first. This morning though I found their Haiku explanation page which also explains the Senryu, but I wonโ€™t concentrate on that one just yet. They have published a very good guide to these Japanese poetry forms by Kathy Lippard Cobb and it explains a lot that I was wondering about. First of all, she juxtaposes (:-) ) two explanations for the Haiku: The Japanese original and the western adaptation. I like it how she explains that in English you use โ€œ17 syllables or LESSโ€ but that this does not have to be in the 5 – 7 – 5 rhythm as that only really works in Japanese. She also states that in the English form of the Haiku you rather put the poem in three lines and not in one line as in the Japanese original. Those three lines, ideally are a short one, a long one and a short one. Her ideal Haiku follows this pattern: a setting ~ then a subject and an action plus of course if it fits two juxtaposed images. Now that makes sense to me. That looks like a pattern I could follow. Kathy Lippard Cobb also states that Haiku is not written in past forms as they capture a moment you are in. As far as I understood you are to show the special atmosphere of a moment and not just any description. But according to her, that needs some training and the best is to read lots of Haiku (I have learned the plural is Haiku as well ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and to write lots of to figure out how to get it right. That very much fits in with my most favourite idea by Julia Cameron: โ€œYou have to allow yourself to be a bad poet to become a good oneโ€. “No master falls from the heavens” is what they say in Germany. There is lots of hard work, training and being mentored involved until you can call yourself a master and you wonโ€™t ever get there if you do not allow yourself to do the bad examples first. That has taken an awful lot of pressure of me and lately, I just go for it. The diamonds in my poetry will shine when they occur :-). Therefore letโ€™s train a little ๐Ÿ™‚


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