Are you a fan of the haiku? Curious as to how to write one? Would you like to read a few of them?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, I encourage you to read this guest post from acclaimed poet Hadel S. Ma’ayeh. You can read more of her intelligent writing at Hadel Poetry Prose Arts and Storytelling. The poetic stage is yours, Hadel!
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First of all, I would like to say thank you to Christy for inviting me as a guest author on her blogging site, Poetic Parfait; I also would like to add, it is a privilege.
For me personally, I enjoy reading and writing poetry since the age of nine and maybe even younger. I was lucky enough to have encouraging teachers in my life who offered me support in writing poetry and other works.
So I am delighted to share with you a particular type of poetry form, called haiku. Although in the poetry universe, there are about 55 poetic patterns one may choose from. Haiku is the creative art form named by Masaoka Shiki in the 19th century Japan. Yes, Haiku is Japanese poetry that was previously called hokku. However, I will be discussing about English Haiku that varies in comparison to the Japanese Haiku. For instance, in English, haiku is written in three lines to correspond to the three parts of a haiku in Japanese that generally consists of five, seven, and then five based on the Japanese count sounds and not English syllables. A traditional haiku usually contains the season or nature in which the poem is set.
Once more, Haiku in the present day has seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five encompassing the natural world. Haiku does not have to rhyme or follow rigid rules or structure so it is up to the poet. Most haiku may include repetition of words or sounds and does not have to evoke nature. There are many variations of haiku and are typically small poems that may or may not include syllables.
For the west or English speakers, there are three types of haiku commonly known as renga, choka and tanka: tanka poems consist of a five-seven-five-seven-seven syllabic pattern about any theme; choka poems are related to a tanka, nonetheless, the alternating lines of five and seven in a choka may be conveyed as long as the poet deems before completing with two lines of seven; finally, in renga poems are a combination of wide-range number of Japanese style stanza. In other words, renga is a chained poem whereby poets in pairs or small members exchange and compose the alternating three-line and two-line stanzas.
In particular, I prefer to express my poetry style in the five-seven-five haiku and tanka with syllables and without rhyming words.
I am delighted to share with you two haiku I have penned about the country of Jordan and its charm, hospitality, and culture published on my personal blog (see top link) and Facebook author page as well:
DEAD SEA (Tanka)
Wave of salt water
Smear face with saline fine mud
Hastily body afloat
A Mesmerizing blue marble sky
Hand in hand stroll seafront beach.
Red rose of Jordan
A rose city of rock-cut stone
Stands gallant temple.
Written by Hadel S. Ma’ayeh ©Copyright 2016, All rights reserved.
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