Saturday, February 24, 2018

Carpe Diem Weekend-Meditation #21 Out Of The Box #3 Chōka and Sedōka (Winter / Summer)

!!! Open for your submissions next Sunday February 25th at 7:00 PM (CET) !!!

Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,

Welcome at a new Weekend-Meditation. This weekend I have chosen for another nice "Out Of The Box" episode. In this "Out Of The Box" feature I share other poetry forms, mostly Japanese forms, but also other modern forms.

This weekend I love to challenge you to create a Chōka or a Sedōka. I will tell you a little bit more about it hereafter. This "Out Of The Box" episode I have also chosen a task for you. That task is to create a Winter poem and a Summer poem, but you have to use the Chōka or the Sedōka form.

The chōka, “long poem,” is of indefinite length, formed of alternating lines of five and seven syllables, ending with an extra seven-syllable line. Many chōka have been lost; the shortest of those extant are 7 lines long, the longest have 150 lines. They may be followed by one or more envoys (hanka). The amplitude of the chōka permitted the poets to treat themes impossible within the compass of the tanka.

The sedōka, or “head-repeated poem,” consists of two tercets of five, seven, and seven syllables each. An uncommon form, it was sometimes used for dialogues. Kakinomoto Hitomaro’s sedōka are noteworthy. Chōka and sedōka were seldom written after the 8th century.
An example of a Sedoka:

in the backyard -
a rainbow of chrysanthemums
finally autumn has arrived

monks chanting mantras
while sweeping the garden
being one with the universe

© Chèvrefeuille

This weekend meditation is open for your submissions and next Sunday February 25th at 7:00 PM (CET) and will remain open until Sunday March 4th at noon (CET). Have a wonderful weekend.

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