Essence of Japan: Poetry

I have been reading the book “The Heart of Haiku” by Hirschfield on Kindle every day. It is extraordinary and propels me back to my Honors English class with Mrs. Covington and Creative Writing class at Garden Grove High School.

I learned all about the Haiku but now, years later, I’m learning about the ringa, which is wrotten by more than one person.

Usually one person writes the initiation or opening tanka of the 5-7-5 syllable pattern, and then another person writes two 7 syllable lines showing the understand what the other person wrote in the 5-7-5 pattern.
Some ringa are 30 lines or even a hundred. In the 17th century in Japanese poetry sometimes three or more people would write a ringa, mailing their contribution to each other.

3 Gazza Interactive form of Japanese poetry where you get the insight and contributions of many different Creative minds.

In the next post I’m going to write the opening of what will be I hope a renga.

I will write the opening 3 lines, having 5 syllables on the first, 7 on the next and 7 on the last of three.

Then a contributor will write the next two lines, showing understanding of mine. Each line having 7 syllables each.

Then the renga keeps going with another stanza…..

Written by Paulette Motzko
April 13th, 2016 9:36 a.m.

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