Wednesday, January 10, 2007

While reading Basho

I have been inspired
by Basho's great poetry
to try for myself.

I think I shall start writing
in the renga tradition,

which has a pleasing
rhythm of three-line verses
followed by couplets.

But what shall be my subject?
Can one really write poems

about being sad
and feeling lonely at work?
I've said that before;

neither repetition nor
self-pity is the stuff of

good poetry. No,
I should be singing praises
of women and art

and the glory of Nature—
as usual in my blog.

Actually, this
is great fun. I shall try to
continue to blog

in verse—but not in rhyme—for
the rest of January.

Is there a shorter four-syllable word than "actually?" Yes, "idiotic" is only seven letters—and "acuity" is only six! I shall have to start collecting densely polysyllabic (five) words.

Basho would scorn this stuff, of course. In the pure form, each verse should be complete in itself. Carrying a sentence over between verses has no place in haiku, I borrowed that from Shakespeare's blank verse.



Blogger zhoen said...

"Basho, meet Shakespeare. Will, Basho."

January 11, 2007 at 12:57:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Anonymous arevik said...


January 11, 2007 at 1:42:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Antonia said...

udge, when you go to woodslotto the entry of january 8, and scroll down, there are two links to Rumi

January 11, 2007 at 9:18:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Antonia said...

oh spelling. wood s lot I meant.

January 11, 2007 at 5:03:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger aleah said...

Love it! You have a poet's heart. ;-)

January 13, 2007 at 7:14:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger brooksba said...

This is a great idea! I look forward to reading even more posts in this format.

January 13, 2007 at 9:30:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Lioness said...

Oh what a brave one you are, brave and talented! On the wings of dragons then, on the wings of dragons.

January 15, 2007 at 1:39:00 a.m. GMT+1  

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