Haiku Exercise 3: brief 3-line nature poem with two juxtaposed images and '5-7-5' syllables

Haiku exercises from a Poetry Seminar
given at UCSC November 2009 by J. Zimmerman

Goal of this set of exercises:

Exercise 3: brief 3-line poem on human nature.

Your third poem will be the senryu (haiku's worldly twin) using the three-line form as for the haiku of Exercise 1 or Exercise 2.

To write it:

Extra practice with linked stanzas

Extra practice with individual stanzas that will be brought together to form a 6-stanza solo rengay:

Alternatively, work in a group of two or three or six, where each poet contributes 3 or 2 or 1 stanza to the resulting linked poem.

Our next poem will use the haiku form but (Exercise 3: brief 3-line senryu) you'll write a poem that foregrounds 'human nature'.

Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-On Guide (2003)
by Jane Reichhold, whose many skills include a keen sense for the writing and appreciation of haiku.
This book includes useful guidelines on writing haiku and related forms
In the Palm of Your Hand, Steve Kowit.
Highly recommended. Brimming with clear and practical exercises, Kowit's book is the best 'How to' book to help you start writing poetry. My favorite chapter is about Awful Poems, where Kowit leads us cheerily through the frequent mistakes that appear in our poems, with exercises to correct them.
Buy Strand The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms,
Edited by Mark Strand and Eavan Boland.

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