Friday, December 14, 2007

Poetry Friday: The Renga Experiment

This week I was doing some research on Haiku and learned that it originated in Japan in the 15th century, when a poetic form named "renga" became popular.

Renga is a poem several poets create cooperatively. Members alternately add verses of 17 syllables (5, 7, and 5 syllables) and 14 syllables (7 and 7 syllables), until they complete a poem (generally composed of 100 verses).

The first verse of renga is called "hokku," and so this has since led to the proliferation of haiku!

What better forum for creating renga than the Internet, where so many can come together and share? I am no poet, and I'm sure some of you who visit this blog do not consider yourselves poets either. But it can't hurt to try, right?

I am going to start off here with a Haiku and invite anyone who wishes to do so to go ahead and contribute the next verses. Mine will start with 5, 7 and 5 syllables, so the next should be 7 and 7, then back to 5, 7, 5 ... and so on alternately.

Please leave your contribution in the comments section and I will eventually add them to the front page of the post. Any and all contributions are welcome, and feel free to take the poem in a different direction at any time!

Let's try. What's the harm?
Art is a lonely pursuit;
Perfection, more so.

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J.K. Mahal said...

But friends both new and old bring
their happiness to this road

changing the lonely
journey to one of comfort,
joy, messy thoughts all.

Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

Tricia (Miss Rumphius) said...

Hi Linda,
As part of my weekly poetry stretch we wrote a renga in November. I was hoping for more participation, but what we got was really nice. You can read it at:

In the meantime, I'll think about what I can add here.

web said...

participation. you call,
we come to join joyfully

what can we make here?
how much of ourselves can we
bring to fill the pot?

LindaBudz said...

JK and Wendy, thanks for participating (and Wendy, I love the avatar on your Blogger profile page ... yea, Harriet!).

Tricia, that renga is very nice, indeed ... and, it includes acorns, always a plus in my book! Sorry I missed seeing that last month. A day late and a dollar short, story of my life.

I love where this is going so far ... hope to see a few more entries before it's all said and done!

Cloudscome said...

on a cold and lonely night
hot stew bubbling on the stove

mad said...

poems bubble, too
add fancy words and carrots
don't forget the salt