Poetry in Different Forms. Haiku and Tanka. www.instantdisplay.co.uk. Bumble Bee by Angela Topping. Why do you bumble? Are you unsure what to do In your stripy suit?. www.instantdisplay.co.uk. Haikus. The pen in my hand Struggles to paint a picture For your eyes to see.
Haiku and Tanka
Why do you bumble?
Are you unsure what to do
In your stripy suit?
The pen in my hand
Struggles to paint a picture
For your eyes to see.
Oystered haiku words.
All seventeen syllables:
Grit to grow bright pearls.
The shell on my desk
Is tiny, faded with dust,
But still sings wide seas.
When leaves pile up
And scatter through the garden,
I start to worry.
Its time for a bonfire
To set ideas alight.
When we buried Red
The sunlight stroked his smooth coat
And gentled his bed,
Because even in death
The soft, petting day loved him.
Haikus by Basho (1644-94)These poems were written by the well-known Japanese poet Basho. In the original Japanese, they are true Haikus, consisting of seventeen syllables. However, in translation, the lines of the poems have been altered so that they no longer follow the Haiku pattern.
Winter downpour-Even the monkeyNeeds a raincoat.Old pond,Leap-splash-A frog.
Friends partFor ever – wild geeseLost in cloud.Insect song – over Winter’s gardenMoon’s hair-thin.Wake, butterfly – It’s late, we’ve milesTo go together.
Write two haikus and two tankas using the following headings:
Things I wish for
Remember – your poems aim to capture a moment or make one specific point.
Don’t forget to check your work with a partner and count syllables!
Haiku = 3 lines, 5, 7, 5 syllables
Tanka = 5 lines 5, 7, 5, 7, 7 syllables