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Poetry forms

My last 2 posts, Concentration and It’s time, were in the form of haiku. For the uninitiated, haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry.

The basic rules:

  • Simple themes, often descriptions of familiar daily situations.
  • Traditionally, 3 lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively (slightly more dificult when writing in English).
  • Usually divided in 2 sections, independent of each other but enriching the understanding of the other (cutting done using a colon, long dash or ellipsis at end of first or second line).
  • Should contain a kigo, a season word, to indicate in which season the Haiku is set (not always as obvious as snow for winter).

The post before that, Dreams to Fulfill, was in the form of a villanelle, which is a traditional form of poetry that follows a repetitive pattern based on 2 key lines.

For the poetically minded among us, it provides an interesting challenge to read up on some defined forms of poetry and see what we can do with them.

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