Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Academy #4 Renga, "the mother of haiku"

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new episode of our CDHK Academy, today I have a nice lecture for you about the Renga, the chained poem, the "mother of renga".

This Carpe Diem Lecture is about renga the 'mother of haiku' so to say. Haiku has originated from the Renga. Renga was (is) a chain of poems in which several poets took part. The most haiku by Basho for example are written for Renga. That could be the 'hokku' or the starting verse or as one of the links of the chain. There are several different forms of Renga and in this lecture I will tell you more about the so called 'Tan Renga', but that's later on. Let us first look at the original renga. The original renga could have 100 linked verses. But there was a strong form, called kasen renga that had 36 links. For this kasen renga there were a few rules. In a kasen renga there had to be a reference to flowers twice (mostly Cherry Blossom) and three times to the moon. These refer…

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Academy #3 The Troiku, a new kind of haiku-ing

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Recently I started this new "branch" of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Family and I love how this new "branch" already find its way to the visitors. Here at the CDHK Academy I will gather the educational posts which I published earlier on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai, a daily haiku meme.

This new post is about Troiku, its a new way of creating haiku and I (Chèvrefeuille) have created / invented it myself. So here is more about Troiku.

TROIKU, a new form of haiku
I love to introduce to you a new haiku form invented / created by your host Chèvrefeuille, the Troiku and I think it's fun, but not an easy form. First I have to tell you something about the source of the name Troiku.

It goes back to 17th century Russia. A troika (meaning: triplet or trio, as shown above) is a traditional Russian harness driving combination, using three horses abreast, usually pulling a sleigh. It differs from most other three horse combinations in that the horses are…

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Academy #2 What is haiku?

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

At Carpe Diem Haiku Kai I published several lectures on haiku and renga, here is one of those lectures.

What is haiku?

Haiku is, what we call, the shortest poem on the world. It's an original Japanese poem. Haiku as we know it now has its roots in the Renga. A Renga was a game of poetry and it was a 'hit' at the Emperor's Court. Renga, also called Renku, Bound Verse or Linked Poem, was a 'game' in which (mainly) poets wrote long chains of poems. Renga started with a 'hokku' (starting verse) and had also strict rules, but that's maybe something for another 'lecture'. The hokku was a three lined verse with 5-7-5 syllables (or characters) and it mostly was a verse that had a double meaning. So with the starting verse the Renga could go in two ways. The game of Renga was to write hai ('question') and kai ('answer') in turns. Sometimes a Renga was played with big groups of poets and could …

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Academy #1 Tan Renga the short chained renga

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

I love to introduce Tan Renga, the short chained renga, to you.

Tan Renga the short linked chain of two stanza
Maybe you know the Tanka that poem with 5 lines following the syllables count 5-7-5-7-7, A beautiful Japanese poetry form which I just started recently to create. The Tanka is a poem written by one poet and that's the difference with the Tan Renga. The Tan Renga has also 5 lines following the same syllables count as the Tanka, but the Tan Renga is written by two poets. One poet writes the first stanza of three (3) lines in the following example that will be Jane Reichhold: Here is the first stanza of this example Tan Renga: morning sun
the twinkle of stars
still in the dew
(Jane Reichhold) The goal for the second poet is create the second stanza of two (2) lines through association on the first stanza (as we do in a renga). For this example I have written the second stanza: her bright shining eyes
she unpacks her new doll
(your host) This is w…

Welcome +++ wilkommen === bonjour

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai Academy, established in April 2017. Here you will find several posts about the Japanese poetry forms e.g. haiku, tanka or sedoka. The CDHK Academy is part of the Carpe Diem Haiku Kai family founded by the Dutch haiku poet Chèvrefeuille.
Here you will find several lectures about haiku, but also a series on Haiku Writing Techniques which were earlier published on Carpe Diem Haiku Kai.
This website is UNDER CONSTRUCTION, but if possible it will be ready before the end of April 2017.