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National Poetry Month No. 7: Tachibana Hokushi - untitled haiku [20110427|11:26]
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Tachibana Hokushi - untitled haiku (translated into English from the original Japanese)

yakeni keri / saredomo hana wa / chiri sumashi

My house burned down
But anyway, it was after
The flower petals had already fallen.


I think there are two common misconceptions about haiku written by the masters of the form. The first is that they are all solemn, serious or sad. The second is that they must be purely observational and about nature, with the responsibility for bringing emotion to them laid upon the reader. This blackly comedic one does a fine job of disproving both.

[User Picture]From: melissa_maples
2011-04-27 12:43 (UTC)
The third misconception is that haiku must consist of seventeen on, in a 5/7/5 formation. While it's true that most traditional haiku do follow this pattern, it's not a rule, and many modern haiku writers take liberties with it.
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From: pbristow
2011-04-27 18:24 (UTC)
That said, haiku that follow the 5/7/5 form are particularly satisfying... Especially when they sneak under one's radar.

[SINGS:] "Starship and haiku:
one last flawed reminder of
all we might have been..."

( http://www.musicsonglyrics.com/K/kathymarlyrics/kathymarstarshipandhaikulyrics.htm )


Edited at 2011-04-27 06:28 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: greyface
2011-04-28 15:59 (UTC)
Technically speaking, haiku MUST follow the 5/7/5 pattern. It's definitional, or at the VERY least aspirational. (And for a form which was traditionally produced on the spot, aspirational is pretty significant).

Actually speaking, poets can do any damn thing they please, and if the audience listens (or reads) the poem and is pleased/moved/whatevered, the poet and poem are successful.
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