summer haiku d’été – common loons = plongeons huards

18 Dec

Here is some information for those of you who are interested in this subject .

Canadian Zen Haiku canadien ISSN 1705-4508

summer haiku d’été - common loons = plongeons huardscommon loonsphantom howlerspierce the moon

common loons haikuplongeons huardsfantômes qui hurlentpercent la lune
Richard VallanceCommentary on the rhythm and format of Canadian haiku:In my view, the rhythm and assonance of haiku should be poetic, otherwise the haiku is not poetry.Moreover, the so-called 5-7-5 syllable convention = 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second and 5 syllables in the third line is not valid whatsoever, because it does not exist in Japanese. Haiku should be free form, allowing anywhere from 7 or 8 to 17 syllables. For instance, in the common loons haiku in English above, we have 3-4-3 = 10 syllables. And since the grammar and syntax of different languages is never the same, the same haiku in French runs to 4-4-3 = 11 syllables, which is scarcely surprising. All too many…

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