Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, & Poetry

I often like to read other people’s poems. Some people like to label their poems as Haiku (I’m fond of their work) and sometimes I come up with something and label it #haiku for http://twitter.com.

The thing is, poems can be defined, and there is a theory to them. When making wild poems, what is the tests other use to decide if your poem is a certain type, should you classify your poem with a hash tag?

To answer your questions, I provided the following links, but will these help put your wild poem in a box?

The quote is taken from shadow poetry (I love the way this person puts down the facts):

  • Poet – is one who writes poetry.
  • Poem – is a written expression of emotion or ideas in an arrangement of words/verse most often rhythmically.
  • Bard – a poet.
  • Muse – a channel of inspiration for a poet.

Muses, in Greek mythology, were the nine daughters of the god Zeus and Mnemosyne,

the goddess of memory. The Muses were believed to inspire not only poets, but all artist.
Nine Goddesses:

  • Calliope: muse of epic poetry
  • Clio: muse of history
  • Erato: muse of love poetry; also known as the muse of music
  • Euterpe: muse of lyric poetry
  • Melpomene: muse of tragedy
  • Polyhymnia: muse of sacred poetry
  • Terpsichore: muse of choral songs and the dance
  • Thalia: muse of comedy
  • Urania: muse of astronomy

The idea that there is a muse that sparks the poets words is an interesting point. I do think ones surrounding can spark a desire to make poems.

There could be well over 50 types of poetry. Here is a list of different classes of poetry from shadow.

One type of poetry I had not come across before is the “Fib.” This unfortunately named style is actually a shortened name of the FIBonacci sequence converted over to the purpose of making poems! Of course in english, Fib = lie, so it may be that this is one of those April fools day jokes that is not longer a joke but reality 🙂

Here is a definition for Haiku and Senryu, here is a definition for Tanka.

Also Wikipedia has some information about Japanese Poems.

Here is another site that defines poetry in simple way.

Here is a list of poetry types that includes simple definitions: http://www.youngwriters.co.uk/glossary-poetry-types.php

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