Choka Notes

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

Luc Bat

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