Abbreviated Haiku I Of Japanese origin this abbreviated haiku has the feel of a haiku in two lines, the first of ten syllables and the second of two. Whilst a reference to nature is not mandatory it is encouraged. Schematic:xxxxxxxxx: Example Lost Inside by Jez Farmer to reach outside from withinthe box that holds me … Continue reading Abbreviated Haiku Notes
Many poets enjoy working in trimeter or six syllable lines and tetrameter or eight syllable lines as opposed to pentameter or ten syllable lines. The Luc Bat employs both six-syllable and eight-syllable lines and can be used in the creation of lyrical poems or storytelling. A Vietnamese form, the Luc Bat (six eight), is comprised … Continue reading Luc Bat 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 … Continue reading Sijo Notes
In the shadows of death A man draws his last breath to dream Of a life’s cyclic stream...
Form: Katuata crossing the riverto an ancient civil warthe dictator born ©JGFarmer2021
Pathya Vat is an interesting SE Asian form that has a short syllable count. Each stanza consists of four lines of four syllables with lines two and three rhyming. There is no stanza limit. Rhyme scheme: xaax xbbx xccx and so on A French influenced variant for multiple stanzas is to rhyme the middle lines … Continue reading Pathya Vat Notes
Form: Abbreviated Haiku II insideand outsidewithin close byfar awaywithout connectsoul and mindas one ©JGFarmer2020
The Luc Bat is a challenging form for poets who enjoy writing in trimeter/hexasyllabic and tetrameter/octasyllabic lines. The Luc Bat also lends itself to lyric and story-telling poetry. A Vietnamese form luc bat simply translates to six eight. The form was brought to Europe by the French. The odd lines (1, 3, 5, etc) are … Continue reading Luc Bat Notes
to reach outside from within the box that holds me trapped inside walls...
Japanese poetry forms are gaining popularity with Western Poets. The Haiku has been much abused and carried the brunt of this assault by everyone from first year poetry students and teachers to Microsoft and office humour. Serious poets recognise the little Haiku is in fact a remarkable art form all its own. However,’ for poets … Continue reading Katuata Notes
What is strength compared To beauty’s power to hold Destiny and in her hand...
nothing special herejust a poet writing wordsbut still I am me ©JGFarmer2020
whatever it takes no sacrifice is to great a silent promise I made...
The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the Long Poem or Choka. It consists of a series of Katuata joined together in one stanza. The choice of structure for the English language poet is repetitions of 5-7-7 syllable lines, 17 onji Katuata or 5-7-5 syllable lines, 19 onji Katuata. Terry Clitheroe’s example uses three 19 … Continue reading Choka Notes
in silver huesthe elegance of nightas the spirits sing © JG Farmer 2020
Poetic Notes Oriental Form - Choka
Luc Bat translates to six eight and that is reflected in the 6868… syllable counts of the lines. Lines 1,3,5 and so on are all 6 syllables and lines 2,4,6 and so on are 8. The rhyme scheme is easy to remember too. The last syllable of an odd line rhymes with the 6th syllable … Continue reading Luc Bat