Next week on Tuesday 17th April 2018 it is International Haiku Day and the challenge is to send in a haiku poem based on “The Waste Land” by TS Eliot. Take the words, the themes, or ideas inspired by the poem and create your own within the boundaries of accepted by Haiku Poetry.
Submit your haiku poems on the Get Involved page and they will be included in the blogposts! Have fun!
The following is a guide to the technique of writing Haiku:
A haiku is a poem of 17 syllables arranged over 3 lines –
line one 5 syllables
line two 7 syllables
line three 5 syllables
They are restrained and unemotional, the poet presenting an observation intended to evoke acknowledgement/recognition on the part of the reader.
They do not rhyme, use metaphor or simile. Ideally a haiku can be spoken in one breath.
Traditionally there should be reference to the season in which it is written ( this should be implied rather than declared), reference to the natural world and a sense of the impermanence of things – decay, change, mutability– one line may well reference more than one element- season and impermanence for example.
There should also be a ‘cutting’ word or phrase that takes the poem in a different direction and influences how the rest of the poem is interpreted – a bit like the turn in a sonnet.
In the twilight rain
these brilliant-hued hibiscus . . .
A lovely sunset.
An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.
Toward those short trees
We saw a hawk descending
On a day in spring
There are many modern interpretations of the form that do not conform to traditional rules, including strict syllable count (after all Japanese isn’t a syllabic language)
Rolls a cigarette of air
The low yellow
moon above the
Quiet lamplit house
Thanks to Nigel Hutchinson for providing this guide.
Looking forward to seeing your contributions everyone!