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Writing Technique-“Exquisite Detail”

Written for:  Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #25th, Teika’s 9th Tanka Writing Technique – Exquisite Detail (prompt: charcoal) This style is indicated by exact and precise details with often complex imagery. In Teika’s anthology of tanka styles he has 29 examples. … Continue reading

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Writing Technique: Novel Treatment

Written for:  Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #22 Teika’s 8th Tanka Writing Technique – Novel Treatment (prompt: blues) Novel treatment – Using an unusual or original poetic conception Among the 26 examples is the poem by Fujiwara Motozane (ca 950) from … Continue reading

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Tiny Holes

Written for:  Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #19, Teika’s 7th Tanka Writing Technique “clever treatment” (prompt:  fragile beauty) Clever treatment, a witty or ingenious treatment of a conventional topic The style must have been popular because Teika gave 31 poems in … Continue reading

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Writing Technique For Tanka

Written for:  Carpe Diem Tanka Splendor #1, Teika’s first of ten tanka writing techniques 1. Mystery and depth – yūgentei, the image evoking ineffable loneliness This category is associated mostly with Fujiwara Shunzei (1114-1204) Teika’s renowned father and tanka expert. Teika … Continue reading

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Using Fragment & Phrase

Written for:  Carpe Diem Theme Week (6) 5, “Ask Jane” “For the purposes of this discussion, I would like to call the shorter portion, the fragment and the longer portion, or rest of the poem, the phrase. The need for distinguishing … Continue reading

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Writing Technique: Finding the Divine in the Common

Written for:  Carpe Diem Tokubetsudesu #75 rice gourd (lost episode March) The HWT used by Basho for this “lost episode” we have seen earlier in our second series of Carpe Diem Haiku Writing Techniques. It’s called “finding the divine in … Continue reading

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Writing Technique: Yugen

Written for:  Carpe Diem #948 brush Yugen is usually defined as “mystery” and “unknowable depth”. Souvenir paintings what kind of brush first drew the image of Buddha  © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold) translucent tea cup hides a deep secret ghost … Continue reading

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Writing Technique: Twist

Written for:  Carpe Diem #942 Thorn In this episode, Thorn, it’s about the haiku writing technique used by Basho in the following haiku: folly in darkness grasping a thorn instead of a firefly © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold) This not … Continue reading

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Writing Technique: Known Things

Written for:  Carpe Diem #943, Flute pining for flowers or a tune from Gichiku Mount Yoshino © Basho (Tr. Jane Reichhold) In this haiku Basho uses the so called “honki-dori” or “literary references” technique. It’s one of the ways writers had … Continue reading

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Writing Technique: Frame Rhyme

Written for:  Carpe Diem #940, blossom This technique, used by the two haikai schools in vogue in Basho’s time (Teimon School and Danrin School), was also utilized in English poetry, where it was also known as the “para-rhyme”. An example … Continue reading

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