Today’s poetic device from William Packard’s The Poet’s Dictionary: A Handbook of Prosody and Poetic Devices, is
Haiku: Japanese short form poem, sometimes called hokku, with origins as far back as the thirteenth century. Haiku are written syllabically with seventeen separate syllables arranged in three STANZAS according to a 5/7/5 count.
Every traditional haiku uses a kigo, or season word, to specify whether the poem is of a winter, spring, summer, or autumn mood. Traditional haiku will also be characterized by rensō, or loose association of disparate images, and contain an elliptical leap from the second to the third line which simulates sudden zen satori, or enlightenment, illumination of the true nature of reality.
I was thinking about the word “Spring” earlier today, so I’ll just stay with that idea. Here is my draft haiku for today.
“Spring.” Such a plain word.
Take note: green leaves, new buds, grass.
“Spring.” The perfect word.