Haiku are easy

In Communication, elbow grease, Innovation on April 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm
#NaMoWriMo 2013 - April 4

#NaMoWriMo 2013 – April 4

  1. When beginning to study music theory with serious intent, one encounters various scales and modes – aeolian, dorian, etc. Each takes the student on a journey to new ways of thinking and feeling.

    The same is true with haiku. There is a distinct structure to haiku poems in Japanese – 17 sounds arrayed in a 5 -7 -5 pattern. It is the discipline of not only capturing a ‘moment’ in nature that can impart great feeling with few words that is important but also following the discipline of the art form.

    So yes, haiku is simple but often is not as easy as it may appear to be true to the form. Because Japanese has simple consonant/vowel sounds rather than long syllables, it is also hard to make the 5 – 7 – 5 sound structure work in English so often English haiku are ‘excused from the strict discipline of Japanese haiku.

    Regardless of the technicalities, haiku is a fun art form that teaches the importance of brevity – which someone said is the ‘soul of wit.’

    • Paul,

      You are oh-so-right
      with your insightful comments.
      I am a half wit.

      My Japanese (unfortunately) falls short of the mark when it comes to communicating beyond the aikido dojo.


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