Formless haiku side by side with formal tanka would be an anomalous contrast. As for haiku and tanka both going formless, it would cause so much confusion. As it is, haiku honchos already find it hard to distinguish senryu from hokku-type haiku. What more if tanka would join the fray?
Tanka's two major types are Eastern and Western. Japanese are barred from ditching Japan's two rhythms. HSA-type of ruling is forbidden in tanka. By observing 5-7-5 7-7 format, you are in safe zone.
In writing a tanka, haiku or any other Japanese-descended formal poem, a poet is entitled to have one extra syllable -- or else one missing syllable -- for every ten verses written.
William Shakespeare used mostly the English Sonnet rhyme scheme (abab cdcd efef gg). John Milton preferred to use the Italian rhyme scheme (abba abba cdc cdc) or a variation thereof.
The 14 basic sonnet rhyme schemes are Sicilian Sonnet (3 variations), Italian Sonnet (3), French Sonnet (3), English Sonnet (2), Wyatt's Favorite, Envelope Sonnet, and Heroic Couplets.
How micro poets can defend themselves and their haiku verses against the scornful smart-alecks inTrikuLand.
This poem traces the history of the English language -- from Germanic invaders to Norman conquest to Geoffrey Chaucer; then from Francis Bacon to British empire, American era and age of Aquarius.
Battle of Bannockburn, 1314. The English under King Edward II led a larger army against the Scots led by their king Robert the Bruce. The English were routed and kept out of Scotland for 300 years.
In this poem, Pope Clement V was addressing King Philip the Fair of France. Their decision led to the fall of the powerful Knights Templar.
This poem discusses the strategy used by Fabius Maximus against Hannibal. It also narrates how Napoleon Bonaparte lost his Grand Armee and thus his imperial career when he invaded Russia in 1812.
As the revered lord of White Island settlers fondly gazes at the planet Venus, the curious gnome wonders what kind of a being would sacrifice so much just to be able to serve in a faraway place.
The Oriental bard resumes his dispute with the Shakesperian author regarding procreation insisting that it is his Teacher's form that should multiply and populate the planet.
Strange visitors arrived in a little island in the middle of the Gobi Sea. Soon after, another stranger arrived -- someone not related to the group -- and began marking off some area as his own.
The strange visitors are aghast as their pet peeve strikes a close friendship with their revered Chief. They think they are seeing an accomplished bootlicker the like of which they never saw before.
The foul-spirited intruder gets lucky and is getting settled in the little island quite fine. The right-hand man of the revered Chief now tutors him.
The revered Chief of the island teaches the little rascal Kal the basic laws of cosmos and throws in some advanced lessons in leadership.
Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin have one thing in common -- all of them were born outside, or in the periphery, of the nations they led.
The Shakesperian author discussed music in his 8th Sonnet and once more brought up the issue of progeny. The Rival Poet talks of a "higher music" and proposes the primacy of "lofty duty".
Japan's Toyota wants a flying car for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. But other companies elsewhere in the world are in a break-neck race to produce and market the world's first flying cars.
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 7 prophesied where the Rival Poet and Fair Youth would appear -- that is, in the Orient. The baffled pupil now asks his teacher:"Where's the homage from "each under eye"?
The Rival Poet asks his teacher to lift his curse so he can sire not just 1, 10 or 100 sons as asked but 10,000 sons. He reminds his teacher that he is his heir yet not his son nor country mate.
The Rival Poet heaves a sigh of relief because his teacher is now "speaking broadly", thus giving him surcease from "sly comments". But he wonders why his teacher did not fight for his royal rights.
The Rival Poet asks his teacher if the latter is friend or foe, making public his guarded shame before he could even be born. The Fair Youth accuses his master of conspiring with "that serious band".
The poet dreams about a lake near the school where his father used to teach. The problem is, he cannot locate the lake. Are there also things you wish to see in the world but cannot see nor find?
The world's lone sonnet grandmaster takes a liking for US president Donald Trump and sees in him the promise of American renewal that would help achieve the great golden age of Aquarius.
There's a strange connection between Rey and Kylo Ren. Are they lovers or siblings? Will they repeat Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia's story? It's unlikely they are twins. Maybe first cousins?!
Having answered the call to be the Lawgiver of English haiku, the bard from the Far East now presents the One Haiku Theory, the Two Haiku Theory, the Three Haiku Theory and the Four Haiku Theory.
Through serendipity, the bard from the Far East rose early one morning and found himself the inventor of a new poetic form. Come, join him and become one of the earliest composers of this novel verse.
Using once more the musical Onegin Stanza, the singing bard from the Far East praises the old-fashioned value and timeless benefit of sleeping early at night and rising early in the morning. Heed him!
The poet from the Far East is happy to find time to write poems. But he wonders if his labors are like those of the legendary Hercules or like those of the proverbial mountain that produced a mouse.
The Oriental bard examines the Internet Age and observes that people are helping one another through the Net even if they haven't met and don't see each other personally.
Have you seen an example of a Malayan Wave sonnet? It is one of the sonnet rhyme schemes invented by the Oriental bard. Watch him use it as he discusses the topic of chivalry and sanctity.
Using the musical Onegin Stanza, the bard from the Far East shares his meditation about life and death, mentioning a fellow bard at the end of his funereal musing.
The Oriental sonneteer pines for his muse, declaring that he misses his source of inspiration. But there is something queer in the air because he also expects the muse to heal him of some ailments.
The reverent bard of the Far East resuscitates an ancient Western tradition by invoking the Nine Muses to bless his endeavor to write 10,000 and 1 songs.
Knights and poets are oftentimes pining about lost love or unrequited love. In this poem, the bard from the Far East tries to answer the question why love stories are often sad.
The poet narrates his recurring nightmare about uncompleted school requirements, failing grades and missed graduation day.
The Oriental bard discusses the ignored issue regarding the relationship between old souls and young souls. He took the cudgel for the young souls, arguing that the world setup is unfair to them.
The bard from the eastern shores recalls his younger years and wonders at his childlike and playful behavior.
The Oriental bard is happy to write sonnets again many years after parking his sonnet pen. But he complains that all he has are duties but no powers. What does he want to use the powers for?
The Oriental bard wanted to start the month of Cupid with some ceremony. Instead he was placed in an embarrassing situation. Yet that was quite ... ceremonious ... in a weird sort of way.
The bard from the Far East continues to examine the current state of the haiku art. He makes a clear distinction between Japanese haiku and English haiku.
Although weighed down by both personal and national concerns, the bard from the Far East begins to examine the past, present and future of the haiku art.
Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships, grapples with the issue of ageing and mortality.
A bard contemplates about the fate of the universe and his role in the cosmic drama. He asks to be left alone in his contemplation, doing nothing but musing.
A poem written a few moments after the death of the poet's father as he tried to grapple with the irretrievable loss and the passing of an era in his personal life.
The introduction of colored posts in Facebook inspired this reactivated sonneter to write haiku. This is his second expedition to the bamboo groves of Japanese poetry. The first time was long ago...
The Shakespearian author badgers again the Rival Poet and Fair Youth about fathering a child. In a passage fraught with meaning, the Master reveals that his disciple looks like the latter's mother.
The Rival Poet fends off the Shakespearian author's badgering about his childlessness, pointing out that his teacher has left no son himself.
A peek on the interior life of a poet-philosopher and the world he lives in. He is the world's lone sonnet grandmaster. But here, he only proffers a dozen haiku pieces, freshly crafted.
The Rival Poet replies at last to the 154 sonnets primarily addressed to him by his beloved guru, the most noble Sir Francis Bacon. As prophesied, Bacon's disciple appears "not in years, but in ages".
There are three types of haiku -- hokku, senryu and zappai. Many pieces in this modest haiku collection are of the hokku type, the same type made famous by Matsuo Basho.
A brief introduction on the history, status and future of haiku (hokku, senryu, zappai) and kindred triku (5-7-5) verses.