Essential Question: What is poetry?
I. Do Now: Describe, in writing, some quintessential natural spring occurrence in your experience.
For example: The apple tree close to my back door is filled with blossoms. There is a bush outside our picture window that bursts with yellow blossoms and within a few days loses them. The asparagus tips emerge from a sunny spot in the garden.
- Read: Haiku and Tanka. Read through the poetry as a whole group. Compose your own haiku using the above models. You should begin with the image that wrote about for the do-now. After you have done this, think of some spring or summer images. Try to create other haiku, tanka, and naga-uta.
haiku: a seventeen syllable poem of three lines (five-seven-five)
tanka: a five-line poem, of which the first and the third lines have five syllables each and the others seven, making a total of thirty one syllables per poem.
naga-uta: long song, 5-7-5-7-5-7-7 (43 syllables or more).
On the first day of spring,
from one bough to another
Virginia Brady Young
polishes my teeth
Yukaze ya evening breeze...
mizu aosagi no water laps the legs
nagio o utsu of the blue heron
Yosa Buson (1716-1784)
Yanagi chiri willow leaves fallen
shimizu kare ishi clear water flowing
tokoro-dokoro one place and another
at the roadside
clear water flowing
thinking to rest awhile
have come to a halt
Oh, don’t swat!
the fly rubs hands
Kobayashi Issa (1762-1826)
stuck in a vase
clusters of wisteria
in the sick-bed
spring begins to darken
Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)
Modern haiku sometimes ignores the 17 syllable form. It is described as a “bumpy” form.
recently wife died
husband and daughter
Kawahigashi Hekigoto (1873-1937)
of the salt-pickled daikon
the moon and I
a tooth of gold
going out of the dentist’s office
the leaves fall