HAIKU What is the pattern?
“The falling flower”Arakida Moritake (1473-1549) The falling flower I saw drift back to the branch Was a butterfly. translated by Babette Duetsch
“Rain shower from mountain”Suiko Matsushita Rain shower from mountain quietly soaking barbed wire fence translated by Violet Kazue de Cristoro
“The piercing chill I feel”Taniguchi Buson (1716-1783) The piercing chill I feel: my dead wife’s comb, in our bedroom, under my heel… translated by Harold G. Henderson
Haiku • Capture the moment; capture the intensity of a specific moment, not a general time. • Focus on the concrete, real world, not the abstract realm of inner thoughts and feelings. • Traditionally involve nature and suggest a season. World view is one in which nature and the observer are one, not separate.
HAIKU What is the pattern? 3 lines, 19 syllables • 1st line – 5 syllables • 2nd line – 7 syllables • 3rd line – 5 syllables