Haiku Quartet

Sheila Newton By Sheila Newton, 12th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/a9x452f_/
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Haiku is the form of poetry I love best. It's a form that enables the poet to be elusive, or evocative - or just plain descriptive. Most of the time, the form of haiku includes nature, or the seasons - or both.

And that suits me just fine! What better form to write in than in evocative, descriptive language that's all about the natural world around us.

Haiku is not as definitive as the Western world's definitions would suggest

Chambers Dictionary Definition of Haiku

hai•ku

noun, plural -ku for 2.
1.
a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.
2.
a poem written in this form.

...an example of this form, is the haiku I penned, entitled, 'Cherry Tree at Dawn'

Creamy white, pink tipped
jewels dance on dew-dropped boughs
dripping with blossom



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The Free Dictionary Online definition of haiku

haiku , hokku
n pl -ku
(Literature / Poetry) an epigrammatic Japanese verse form in 17 syllables


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And yet, if we were to look closely into haiku history, there are explanations that the Japanese haiku from which our (5-7-5) variety evolved are often shorter, use fewer words, deal with images, and don’t have to contain 17 syllables at all.

To demonstrate, I have included, in this quartet, one haiku of 3-5-3 syllables.

Four Seasons of Haiku

A 3-5-3 syllable haiku in three lines, describes the stunning beauty of snowdrops at the dawn of spring-time.

SPRING WOODLAND

White Snowdrops
shine silver and green
Hello Spring



Written in typical 5-7-5 syllables of three lines, this is the story of the blackbird who lives in my garden, and (much as he enjoys the cat food treats he's given every day) likes to dig up a worm or two for dinner!

SUMMER SNACK

Blackbird pulls a worm
from beneath the rich black soil
Must be dinner-time!



Two verses of three liners, in typical 5-7-5 syllable layout, this is an analogy of the generations of Man - a vision of grey Autumn changing to black shadows of Winter and white shades of snow, until - hey presto! - Spring is back, the season of birth and rebirth.

DUSK 'TIL DAWN

Behind the grey mist
sits a grey man in Autumn
whose grey turns death white

As Winter draws near:
shades without light; skies blacken
until Spring returns



This final tale in the quartet, is a 5-7-5 syllable three line story of Autumn leaves falling until Winter's trees are bare

WINTER ARRIVING

Leaves flutter downward
from a bent and twisted oak
Undress for winter

Teaching Children the Art of Writing Haiku

For more information on haiku, and its benefits in children’s education, go to:

Teachers and Writers Collaborative by Adele Kenny
http://www.twc.org/resources/techniques/the-haiku-connection

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Creative Expression, Creative Writing, Creative Writing Techniques, Haiku Poetry, Poetry, Poetry For The Soul, Teaching, Teaching Children

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author avatar Sheila Newton
A retired nurse and teacher, with two cats, a husband and a grown up son, I write short stories, articles - and I'm an ardent blogger. Catch up with me on my blog at: http://sheilanewton.blogspot.com

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author avatar Retired
14th Aug 2011 (#)

Warm welcome to Wikinut, Sheila. What a nice sharing of haiku and info about the form. Most westerners do not know that the syllable count is not actually strict--it is the short-long short aspect that counts.

So sorry you got 'spammed' as a first comment here. The site is working to eradicate those spammers.

Look forward to reading more from you.

Warm smiles, rd

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author avatar Buzz
14th Aug 2011 (#)

Your haikus are a pleasure to read, Sheila. Loved the smooth flow. Thanks for the great share. Cheers!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
14th Aug 2011 (#)

Great haiku, love this poetic form, well done Shelia

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author avatar Songbird B
14th Aug 2011 (#)

Just loved these, Sheila! have never tried to write a haiku, but these are lovely..

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author avatar Sheila Newton
16th Aug 2011 (#)

I love to write haiku. It's such a simple - but gorgeous - form. Thanks for your lovely comments.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
16th Aug 2011 (#)

This was a wonderful, Sheila! Thank you for sharing your knowledge of haiku.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
16th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you so much. 'Wonderful' sounds wonderful to me!

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author avatar ppruel
17th Aug 2011 (#)

I also started to love this type of poetry. This is the easiest form of poetry to write. In 17 or 10 syllables a poem is created...

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author avatar Hugo La Rosa
17th Aug 2011 (#)

Quite a colorful bunch of haiku poems! Really interesting, I wonder if I could try my hand at that. Thank you.

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author avatar Tim Crosswell
17th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks foe this nice article. We also have the same kind of thing in India the history of which oges back to some 600 years back from today. It is called "Chaupai". It has 16/16 syllable count. It is called Chaupai (four legs) because it has four lines of verses.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
18th Aug 2011 (#)

OOH! Thanks Aditya. i'll have to check it out. Sounds great. must check YOU out too - your work, I mean!
Cheers, Love Sheila XX

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author avatar D in The Darling
20th Aug 2011 (#)

I love it.

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author avatar deepa venkitesh
21st Aug 2011 (#)

What a wonderful expression of beauty. you have made an apt description of dew drops-touch wood, but this is poetry dear and the seasons. fb liked and tweeted. welcome to wikinut- a wonderful city of like minded writers

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author avatar Sheila Newton
21st Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks for tweeting - I'm very proud, deeps.

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author avatar Vernazoa
21st Aug 2011 (#)

I especially like the Winter Haiki

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author avatar Sheila Newton
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you, Vernazoa. I liked your winter haiku too. Just been and had a look when I looked you up.

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author avatar Vernazoa
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work and pleasure.
I like these once again.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Pure unadulterated beauty thank you Sheila:-))

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author avatar Sheila Newton
22nd Aug 2011 (#)

Oooh! Thank you!

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author avatar Retired
26th Aug 2011 (#)

Short and sweet Poetry brought to the world by the Japanese giving us a vent for our Creativity. Thank you...

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author avatar Sheila Newton
26th Aug 2011 (#)

From such a creative writer - this is an accolade - thanks, Aiyanna

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author avatar Maria Malone
30th Aug 2011 (#)

So Lovely Sheila!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks Maria. I'm touched.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you so much Maria. I'm touched

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
31st Aug 2011 (#)

So sweet and delectable to the senses!
Awesome Haikus!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
31st Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you, Rathnashikamani. And thank you also for commenting so positively on my blog. I recognised the picture but wasn't sure exactly where I'd seen it before. Now I know!.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
1st Sep 2011 (#)

Your blog is so wonderful with great layout and content.

I joined there.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
1st Sep 2011 (#)

Yes you did! Thank you so much. It's lovely to have followeres - especially ones of your calibre. Thanks again, my friend.

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author avatar fleurdefries
4th Sep 2011 (#)

Love little haiku - seems lots of people like your quartet! Very good

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author avatar Vernazoa
10th Sep 2011 (#)

I came back to this one again. I like writing haiku too!
Have you tried an acrostic. I will bet a two point comment, that you would be good at this.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
10th Sep 2011 (#)

I've never been any good at acrostic. no patience, you see!

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
22nd Oct 2011 (#)

Wonderful work and article! :-)

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author avatar Sheila Newton
23rd Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks, Bridgette. You thinking about following me? I'd love that!

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author avatar D in The Darling
30th Oct 2011 (#)

Being short doesn't mean short in value or ideas but rather rich in content. Short is sweet. It's precise and concise.

That's what I love a haiku piece more for than anything else. I guess that's why short men like me are so sweet. We're straight to the point. A single bite; you're tight. No hidden bitterness. Wow!

Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
30th Oct 2011 (#)

Oh, I like your style, shortie!!!

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author avatar geetbhim123
11th Nov 2011 (#)

a very good collection of haiku poetry. even I love to read and write the haiku.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
22nd Dec 2011 (#)

It's a great way of expressing yourself, isn't it?

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
22nd Dec 2011 (#)

Haiku seems more appealing..

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author avatar Sheila Newton
22nd Dec 2011 (#)

Thanks, Md. Nice to hear from you.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
22nd Dec 2011 (#)

i haven't tried haiku yet....kinda hard writing one

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author avatar Jules Castillo
22nd Dec 2011 (#)

great work for my friend ms newton!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
22nd Dec 2011 (#)

Thank you so much, mr cowboy man!!!!

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author avatar Vinaya Ghimire
5th Feb 2012 (#)

I loved your season haiku. If I'm to choose, I choose winter arriving.

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