Japanese Poetry


In the above blog post, one can see a brief sketch of the history of Japanese poetry. The main classic forms such as Haiku and Tanka struck me as interesting because they have a strong emphasis on syllabic form. Although quite distantly related, it brought to mind for me artists like Kohh and Shing02, both of whose strong points include mastery of syllabic control.

Shinkokinshū, IV: 361 by Jakuren (d. 1202), from Japanese Court Poetry

Sabishisa wa
Loneliness –

Sono iro to shi mo
The essential color of a beauty

Not to be defined:

Maki tatsu yama no
Over the dark evergreens, the dusk

Aki no yūgure.
That gathers on far autumn hills.

Others, such as the above, demonstrate the ‘pastorality’ so to speak of the Japanese poetry of the time. Nature, the landscape and the calm beauty of colors and seasons purveys classical Japanese poetry so much as to even be considered necessary staples of any Haiku (classically, at least). One can see this sort of gracefulness and natural-tonality in the beats of Nujabes, for example.

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