Syllabics. Creative Writing I. How to count syllables. Count each vowel in a word. Vowels include the letters a, e, i , o, u and sometimes y. Subtract one from your total number of vowels for silent vowels such as the "e" in the word "move."
Creative Writing I
Each Haiku must contain a kigo, a season word.
Is written in present tense.
Consists of three lines
Lines have 5-7-5 syllable counts
Does NOT have a narrative (tell a story)
Poem creates imaginative distance between two sections, but the two sections must remain, to a degree, independent of each other. Each enriches the understanding of the other. To make this work in English, either the first or the second line ends with a colon, long dash or ellipsis, separating the pieces.
I am nobody: A red sinking autumn sunTook my name away.
Over the wintry
Forest, winds howl in rage
With no leaves to blow.
Pink blossoms on trees
Bare branches sprouts of hope form
Brown, turning to green.
In the cicada's cry
No sign can foretell
How soon it must die.
Consists of three lines
Is 17 syllables or less
Focuses on humanity and the human experience (with humorous or satiric view)
Is written in present tense
First line establishes a central situation or symbol
The other two lines create an action
you see the robber
is your son.
combing my hair—
the face in the mirror
is my mother's
by Sharon Peeples
words burst forth (3 syllables)
fragile bonds damaged (5 syllables)
love undone (3 syllables)
- written by Janilou
A welcoming porch.
What a lovely place to share
Your outlook on life.
There are five lines
Lines have 5-7-5-7-7 syllable counts
Can be multiple stanzas
Tankas, unlike haiku and senryu use simile, metaphor and personification when applicableWriting A Tanka
hazy autumn moonthe sound of chestnuts droppingfrom an empty skyI gather your belongingsinto boxes for the poor
This cold winter nightthe snow clings to the tree boughsin the pale moonlightthe kisses of your soft lipswarm this aching heart of mine
Sleep, jump, play, love
On the wind
A word that emits the sound it describes.
Write a tanka that connects two of our list of words.
List things you know about them and adjectives to describe them
Line 1: Their name (2 syllables)
Line 2: Describe them (4 syllables)
Line 3: Action of the person (-ing verbs) – (6 syllables)
Line 4: A phrase that expresses your feelings/ observations about them (8 syllables)
Line 5: A nickname or epithet for the person (2 syllables)Cinquain