Saturday, April 9, 2011

Didacticly Speaking and a Senryu for You

Didactic Poetry
Didactic Poetry is a form of poetry intended for instruction such as for knowledge or to teach. 
(I guess I'm teaching what I'm doing to get an idea for writing.)
Now I set me
Down to write
I cannot think of what to say
Tho I've been busy all the day

Just let my fingers
Tap on keys
Until the words they start to find
That tumble swiftly from my mind

I do not know
What words they'll be
I'll just keep typing til there's sense
And I get off this writer's fence...

Okay. Got it. ( I should save one of these for writer's block day.)

A Senryu

Words stream meaning on
a flat, blank page creating there
a third dimension.

Most popular definition, but there is more to senryu than meets the eye:
Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed 
lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in 
the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions.  They possess 
no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.


  1. Donna, I like both the poems, and in different ways. The didactic has a great bounce, & clever rhythm, very tongue-in-cheek. The senryu is beautiful word play, just as they seem to want (in the definition). Thanks for the challenges you are giving me by your different poems.

  2. I am having such fun reading and learning about different types of poetry. I love poetry but I never really knew there were so many forms. And I'm definitely being challenged to try some of my own. I spent three days working on a triolet - and now you've put some more challenges before me!


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