Japanese Poetry Forms

12 Apr



I think this post is all my daughter’s fault. She has been fascinated with the Japanese culture since she was about seven years old–art, culture, society, etc. What once was an infatuation, has become a life thread for her, because she is engaged to a wonderful Japanese man and has been studying the language for years.

We homeschooled for several years, and because of her love of Japanese art styles (and because of my love of poetry) we did a haiku & tanka segment for English lessons. I loved haiku and tanka because at that time of my life, I was trying to break away from strictly rhymed and metered poetry, but was having a hard time finding my free verse voice. It was a win-win segment of study for us!

I actually found a website that says everything I want to say on the topic of Japanese Poetry Forms, but I noticed that there is a little word (Challenge) near the top of this particular page. Did someone just challenge me? Did they? Huh. DID THEY!?

Perhaps I will have to do another 100 [Poetry Form] challenge of some sort after the 100 Haiku(s). I have haiku in the queue (not intended to rhyme, but I’m a poet & I don’t know it–but my feet show it; they’re longfellows (a ditty my grandpa used to always recite to me since I was the family poet from a very early age! I sure miss that wonderful man (Grandpa)), but just started working on the actual cards themselves. I have homes for about a dozen cards so far…after that is anyone’s guess as to where I will send them!



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2 responses to “Japanese Poetry Forms

  1. Janice Heck (@janiceheck)

    April 13, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I love Japan and everything Japanese. I also love Chinese and everything Chinese. I have visited extensively in Japan, and I have lived in Hong Kong for seven years. Now at home in the US, I blend my Japanese and Chinese artifacts. I’ll look for more of your haiku. A blogger friend posted a video of ancient Chinese poetry recently set to music. I will get that link and post it for you in my next reply.

  2. kartwheels

    April 13, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I will check out “Japanese Poetry Forms”! I love that homeschooling my daughter involves random inspiration, and your post and image jumped right out at me. Thank you. I’ll be following along to see what you are up to and would like to invite you to check out my blog of kids projects, nature, etc.
    Thanks again and have a great day!


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