Sunday, November 24, 2013

Haiku: One of the most expressive and restricted form of poetic expression

"What is HAIKU?" In simple words, Haiku is an iconic and most famous poetic form of Japan, (Its also quite popular across the world, nowadays) which conveys a vivid image or a poetic moment within 5-7-5 syllables.powerful ancient Japanese style of poetry, which is adored by millions of modern readers and writers.

In nutshell haiku is:A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.(Its the first information you get on Google search when you type: What is haiku?)

Its powerful art and bit restricted in sense of words but let you define even the contrasting elements with clarity.

The below poem by master of haiku-Kobayashi Issa expresses an almost brutal comic contrast and describes a poetic moment so vividly that one could almost see it through Issa’s eyes even after centuries have passed.


Japanese Warbler(bird)
"Look at that warbler –
 He’s wiping his muddy feet 
 All over plum blossom"
~ Issa 1762 – 1826


I have tried to jot down few Haikus which are based on five human senses(I know they are not to be called exactly as Haiku,but i am still trying to figure it out)

Sound
Sound of Silence
Music to the ears
Cacophony muted


Sight
Eyes felt the heat
Sunrise stirred the memories
Life metamorphosed

Touch
Tactual of intangible 
Elements far beyond the logic
Throbbing escalated

Fragrance
Aromatic morning
Olfaction an extreme bliss
Stink unbearbale

Taste
Supper on the fragile table
Taste-buds invigorated
Foul food consumed


Let me know if you have any of HAIKUs to share.