Monday, August 06, 2007

Haiku and Tanka: Theme nature and parenting.

Ok, there are my poems from the third week's exercise, which was a Haiku and a Tanka (Japanese forms of poetry) on the same theme... Of course, my theme was parenting (could only be one of a handful of things, really, couldn't it)...

A Haiku consists of three lines with 5, 7, and 5 syllables per line. It usually feels a bit like a proverb, with a moral in the final line... A Tanka is an older form of a Haiku and consists of 5 lines, following a 5, 7, 5, 7, and 7 syllable pattern...

Haiku first...

Infants sleep soundly
Tame humans or wild bear cubs
Safely with mother


Grand developments
Babes saved from illness and death
Powder likens milk
Infants sleep with monitors
Nature now superceded


Juniper said...

You won't believe this, but my mum (english teacher) recently taught DD about Haiku poetry, and they have been corresponding via Haiku poetry on email for the last few months!

DD is really good at it, and if you remind me tomorrow, I will show you some that she has written! They do it slightly differently, in that they end with one word - I will show you tomorrow.

I love yours!!!

Sif Dal said...

Oh, that's interesting, just looking at the haiku I wrote before, you could rewrite it so it ended on one meaningful word (or should it be a single syllable)... Like this...

Infants sleep soundly
Tame humans or wild bear cubs
With mother

Juniper said...

Yes! That is similar! DD knows the "rules" according to my mum's memory from school (so, may not be official). Shall show you tomorrow. DD likes them because she can express herself succinctly and quickly and often writes them to get her 'frustration' out LOL!

Jayne said...

They're great! :) I really like "powder likens milk" and "nature now superceded" hehe. Ok I'm inspired to post mine, but try not to laugh TOO much, I'm no poet! :D

Good Job!