Sijo Notes

Korea is not usually recognised for poetry; however the Korean form the Sijo is possibly more suited for Western poets than the Japanese Haiku. Similar to the Haiku the Sijo is a three line poem, but there any similarities end. The Sijo can have any number of stanzas to create ballads and lyric poems. It can also contain metaphor and other similar poetic devices.

The Traditional Sijo

Traditionally the Sijo consists of approximately 44 syllables consisting of four phrase groups per line, normally in the following structure

3 4 3 4
3 4 3 4
3 6 4 3

Example

Sijo Form

Sijo poetry, a Korean form, it only needs three simple lines
The first line makes a statement and this one a counter claim
but this one, it elaborates, and creates a paradox.

Modern Sijo

Modern Sijo has seen an easing of the syllable count of the phase groups and the more modern poets have broken up the phrase groups into two per line resulting in a six-line Sijo as an alternative form.

Example

Sijo poetry, a Korean form,
It only needs six simple lines
The first lines make a statement
And this one a counter claim
But this one, it elaborates,
And creates a paradox

One thought on “Sijo Notes

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s