Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

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.

  1. 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,
snow falling
from one bough to another
                                         Virginia Brady Young

the dentist
polishes my teeth 
                            Robert Speiss

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
willow shade
thinking to rest awhile
have come to a halt
                              Saigyo (1118-1190)

Oh, don’t swat!
the fly rubs hands
rubs feet
                           Kobayashi Issa (1762-1826)

stuck in a vase
clusters of wisteria
blossoms hanging,
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
stacking greens
stacking onions
husband and daughter
                                     Kawahigashi Hekigoto (1873-1937)

Contemporary haiku:

the flavor
of the salt-pickled daikon
the moon and I
                            Fujimoto Kanseki

        Alan Pizzarelli

a tooth of gold
going out of the dentist’s office
the leaves fall


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