Saturday, May 3, 1997 9:06:56 am Diversity University MOOtime (EDT)

NOTE: Miyan gives a clue as to what's popular in Japanese haiku.
He talks about haiku in a matter-of-fact way. people write them on
the bus, although they can be very challenging.

Miyan's "flog" for "frog" comes in for a flogging later. See humor.

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Example 2

Another example, which is also suitable for spring...

Furuike ya                                  Old pond...
kawazu tobikomu                                   a flog jumps in
mizu no oto                                            water's sound.

----- Matsuo Basho (1644--94)

Kigo --- kawazu ( flog ) for spring...

This is the most popular Haiku for Japanese people.

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miyan says, "This is the most popular Haiku, which was composed by
       Basho.  Everyone knows this, even a child."

NOTE: Miyan notes his own difficulties with haiku. We are almost
taking it too lightly, so he gives the idea of its difficulty.

Osborne says, "Have young Japanese poets stayed with these traditional forms?"

miyan says, "IN modern Haiku, there are some poets who don't stay that strict 5-7-5 form but compose freely."

DocZ says, "Most of my poetry is free verse. But I like haiku. To me it isthe one verse form that helps rather than hinders the poet."

miyan says, "I feel the difficulty when I express my feeling only in 17 syllables."

miyan says, "Composing freely Haiku ( New Trend Haiku ).."

miyan says, "There are several famous poets."