Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at the first episode of a new month full of challenging prompts to inspire you to create Japanese poetry like haiku and tanka. As I do every month I have chosen a new theme for the prompts. This month we will explore modern art.
Modern art includes artistic work produced during the period extending roughly from the 1860s to the 1970s, and denotes the style and philosophy of the art produced during that era. The term is usually associated with art in which the traditions of the past have been thrown aside in a spirit of experimentation.
Isn't that we are doing with haiku? As I discovered haiku back in the eighties I wrote longer poems and stories, I used a lot of words to tell the stories and had the feeling that I said nothing. Than there was haiku ... a very short poem originating from Japan. As I started reading haiku, and for sure that wasn't easy, I immediately was caught. These short poems told a lot about a short moment in the life of the poet with maybe 10 to 15 words and those scenes were really awesome. If I had to describe that scene I would need for sure more than 15 words ... In other words ... haiku experiments with
words to tell a lot ... that is ... in my opinion modern art.
|logo August 2017|
This month it's not only about haiku or tanka, but it is about modern art in all its different appearances.
Our first prompt for this month fits our haiku in a great way because of its spiritual meaning. Today I love to challenge you to create haiku inspired on a sculpture by Joel Shapses. He introduces himself to you:
A wonderful artist I would say and it is one of his sculptures that is featured on our first day of August 2017. The sculpture is titled "Yin Yang" and that's our prompt for today. What does Yin Yang mean? Let me tell you that, but I think that the most of you know what it means.
|Yin and Yang|
Yin and yang is a complex, relational concept in Chinese culture that has developed over thousands of years. Briefly put, yin and yang represent the two opposite principles observed in nature.
Generally speaking, yin is characterized as feminine, still, dark, negative, and an inward energy. On the other hand, yang is characterized as masculine, energetic, hot, bright, positive, and an outward energy.
Yin and yang elements come in pairs, such as the moon and the sun, female and male, dark and bright, cold and hot, passive and active, and so on.
But it is important to note that yin and yang are not static or mutually exclusive terms. The nature of yin yang lies in the interchange and interplay of the two components. The alternation of day and night is such an example. While the world is composed of many different, sometimes opposing, forces, these forces still coexist and even complement each other. Sometimes, forces opposite in nature even rely on each other to exist. For example, there cannot be a shadow without light.
The balance of yin and yang is important. If yin is stronger, yang will be weaker, and vice versa. Yin and yang can interchange under certain conditions so they are usually not yin and yang alone. In other words, yin elements can contain certain parts of yang, and yang can have some components of yin.
It is believed that this balance of yin and yang exists in everything.
|Yin Yang by Joel Shapses|
black and white together