A new form of poetry for us to try. Yes, the Décima Challenge has come to an end after 100 weeks.
Now we have the Sijo, a Korean form believed to have first been used in the fourteenth century. It is similar in structure to various Japanese forms such as Haiku. As with many forms of poetry, the Sijo became a preferred poetry form of the yangban or ruling class as well as royalty. They were written in Chinese and were originally short songs set to music. The focus of the Sijo is usually nature and contemplation. We’ll try that to begin with.
You should use the word in the title of this post as your inspiration as either a theme of the Sijo or in the poem itself.
- Three Lines
- 14-16 syllables per line
- A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem.
To know how many syllables in a particular word try HowManySyllables.com.
- The first line of the Sijo usually sets the theme.
- The second line elaborates on the first line.
- The third line brings the poem matter to a close.
The setting can be nature, a favorite season, or some event of your day. Something, as I mentioned above that can be contemplative in nature.
Within each of the three lines there is usually a pause. You can hear it in the example below. The bold sections are the parts after the pause, or at least as I read/hear them. Reading your Sijo out loud will help with using the correct form.
The following example is considered the oldest Sijo in existence,
The spring breeze melted snow on the hills then quickly disappeared.
I wish I could borrow it briefly to blow over my hair
And melt away the aging frost forming now about my ears.
If I’m counting right there are 15 syllables per line. I think that would be a good target but the pattern is up to you, as per the generally held thoughts on the matter.
As with all of the challenges that have been hosted here be sure to;
- Copy and past your URL into the comments below so other poets can visit and read your
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- Reblogging is great as well.
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23 thoughts on “Ronovan Writes Sijo Wednesday Poetry Challenge #2. Use SEASON as your inspiration this week.”
The Lost Season
The sunflower shelters in the shadows, the dark underground,
and, above, Putin’s poison streaks the gunpowder Spring sky,
whilst we in the west frolic on beaches, plan spring getaways.
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Life is like that sadly….nature is like that too..
I hope Putin cannot see blue sky or feel warm wind!
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The good and the bad, parallel worlds. Well written. Terrible , what is happening in Ukraine.
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Thanks for the inspiration, Ronovan!
Oh goodie, another sijo!! 🙂 🙂
My entry is both in Dutch and English. It is a sequence of three haiku in celebration of the four known seasons. I assembled the accompanying slide show, using images of my own, as well as my brother’s.
Sorry, my mistake. This is the right URL: https://peterbouchier.wordpress.com/2020/07/29/seizoenen-seasons/
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