More notes on haiku and season words
Blog Posted:10/30/2011 11:59:00 PM
The definition of a haiku is and has been three lines of poetry. Two lines which form a phrase and one line which is a fragment (the subject). The fragment can go above the phrase or below it but never between. The two lines of the phrase have to link grammatically and conceptually to each other and be related in some way to the fragment, either directly or opposing, but in a way to recognize a shift from a sensory perception in the first part of the poem to another in the second part.
when haiku was first written by the masters, the masses who followed wrote as the masters wrote, which was primarily about nature. Over the centuries man has slowly crept into the form. First it was the nature of man and even later has become the everyday man. Even now it is progressing into the gadgets of man, like refrigerators, auto, and computers. Some of my poem you see will be of this type. I still prefer nature of nature best. It makes for much more beautiful flowing scenery, my opinion. I was specific in my contest so it would give me a chance to be more fair in my judging. The more poems that are about the same subject the easier for me to say which one is better or worse.
Below you will find some sample of season words if your idea of them is autumn, july or that sort of thing. I remarked to a poet earlier tonight that it is much easier to go to the Kigo Almanac first and pick out a season word to write a poem around,than to write the poem first and try to find a season word for it. Season words follow:
ant (all summer) amorous cat (early spring) american robin (all spring) awaited one (Love --all year) bamboo cry (all winter) baseball (all summer) blooming cherry (mid late spring) cherry blossoms (mid late spring) bugs come out (mid spring) butterfly (all spring) changing clothes (early summer) chestnut (late autumn) child (all year)
driftwood (all year) dog (all year) evening cicada(early autumn) evening glows (late summer) falling leaves (all winter) falling red leaves (early winter)
first winter shower (early winter) grave (all year) hens eggs (all year)
kite festival (all spring) long sleep (all year) moolit night (autumn)
philandering cat (early spring) pine cricket (early autumn)
red star lily (late summer) star lit night (all autumn) thunder head (all summer)
wild goose (late autumn) withered pampas (all winter) young-leaf breeze (early summer)
If you haven't done your poem yet, or want to change your word, you are welcome to use any of these season words. I just wanted to show the variety of some and the practicality of others. Making up a word is a last resort and I really do not know how kosher it is to do that. Of course you really do not want to make up your own as long as you have a souce of established words you may use, such as a kigo almanac or "world kigo database" on line. (WKD)