Blog Posted:5/25/2009 7:50:00 AM
I would like to ask that Poetry Soup include the form “Renga” in their list of forms. Many poets are writing renga these days. Here is a possible write-up for the form:
Renga, also known as “Renku”, means “linked verse”. A Japanese form, renga consists of a non-narrative series of verses, alternating three and two lines, usually written by a group of poets, though solo renga are also done. The number of verses can be as few as 12 or as many as 100. The basic rule is that any two consecutive verses should form a complete image, but any three consecutive verses should not. All renga contain verses focused on seven topics: spring, summer, fall, winter, the moon, blossoms, and poems/love'>love. There are rules for the placement of these topics. Verses which are not topic specific are open to the poet’s imagination. Two of the great renga poets in Japan were Sogi, who wrote 100 verse renga, and Basho, who specialized in the 36 verse form.
Thanks to Poetry Soup for your consideration in this request.