Monday, August 6, 2012

Tackle It Tuesday, back to basic


Also shared with: Poets United's Poetry Pantry

Dear Haijin,

A new week for Tackle It Tuesday. As you all could read in "Tackle It Tuesday, preview" of last Wednesday August 1th, this week we are going back to basic. Back to the classical form of haiku as initiated by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694).


For more on Basho visit Basho Revisited (one of my other blogs on Basho). Basho is a haiku master and he is my role model and I see him as my master. This week's theme of Tackle It Tuesday isn't easy to me, because I write in the Kanshicho-style (a haiku style that's more similar with the Western way of writing haiku).
As you all could read in the preview there are a few basic rules for writing haiku the classical way. I will give them here again:
  • 5-7-5 syllable count
  • a kigo (a so called season word)
  • and a deeper meaning based on the philosophy of the haiku poet
  • and of course ... haiku is a poem that's based on a short moment, short as e.g. the sound of a pebble thrown into water
The classical haiku originated from the Renga (a chain of poems) and is based on the first poem of such a chain called hokku. The name haiku was given to this hokku by Shiki (1867-1902). Shiki brought haiku into the 20th century. He also is, next to Basho, Buson and Issa, one of the four greatest haiku masters. Shiki was very strict in using the rules of the classical haiku, but Basho became the most known haiku master through his deep devotion as a Buddhist.

Let's go back to this episode of Tackle It Tuesday, back to basic. To me the classical way of writing haiku is very difficult as I mentioned earlier in this post, but ... well I have to try ...

For my inspiration I have used a picture of the rough landscape of the Island Rab in Croatia.


Of course you also may use this picture or another one for your inspiration.

the rough landscape
reaches to the deep blue sky
so impressive

Does this one follow the rules? Let's take a closer look.

The 5-7-5 syllable count? Yes
A kigo? Yes. The deep blue sky is a kigo for Summer
A deeper meaning based on my philosophy? Yes it does. I am a devotee to nature and in this haiku the deeper meaning lays in the word impressive. I am always impressed by the wonderful creation of or world. I caress  the strength of Mother Earth's nature. This haiku says: be careful with our beloved Earth it's a great wonder.

Well ... do you like this one? I surely do.

This episode of Tackle It Tuesday stays on 'till August 13th 11.59 PM. Please leave a comment after linking and if you have an idea for another theme for Tackle It Tuesday ... be so kind to share it with me.

Next weeks theme will be Aleph. Aleph is the title of a novel by Paulo Coelho, an author which I admire.
I will tell you more about Aleph in a new episode of Tackle It Tuesday Preview later on.

For this week's Tackle It Tuesday have fun ... be inspired.

7 comments:

Kristjaan Panneman said...

Another week has passed by. Time flies when you have fun or have been busy.
This week's theme of Tackle It Tuesday is 'back to basic'. Have fun and be inspired.

joanne said...

K, Can you please delete my accidental post #3...When I tried to shorten my link url, I inadvertently shortened it so it sent you to a sex site, believe it or not. I do not know your email.

Now, for your 'inspired' haiku....'So impressive'....

ninotaziz said...

I really enjoyed the opportunity to REALLY think about my Haiku. Normally I write on the run. But since you laid out the rules so thoughtfully, I spent some time thinking, editing, layering this haiku. Thank you, Kristjaan.

Loredana Donovan said...

Hi Kristjaan! I was able to link successfully this time--how exciting. :) Love your blog--I think it's in the traditional spirit of haiku. Back to basic is a great idea. I hope you enjoy my share. :) I do like your haiku and the message about being good to nature and mother earth. Your first two lines are vivid in imagery and wonderful, the earth reaching out to the sky. Impressive indeed :)

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

haiku is well crafted in Basho style ~

I took you for your word ~ 'back to basics' and wrote about that so that is not what you meant ~ I do tend to write about nature alot and also my haiku are rather life and philosophy oriented ~

Thanks for hosting ~ (A Creative Harbor)

Vållῐ ★☆ said...

What a lovely haiku!....Very beautiful...and nice topic!

Mama Zen said...

Lovely haiku!