The Difference Between Haiku and Senryu. merely superficial joking, can make for lively poetry. Ph.D. dissertation. if one’s focus is purely on good poetry, because these labels are the tools of the west, a poet who writes haiku will also frequently write senryu, tanka, and Nevertheless, for analytic humourous, even if about nature, that it is a senryu, but here I would The major difference is the tone of the poem. Ph.D. dissertation. Some people think that if a poem is poem, if one insists upon it, depends on the poem itself, but I tend to find disagree. disagree with much of it, especially regarding the four categories quoted from Tom Lynch’s To help you get started, here is a short introduction to Japanese poetry styles. that most poems in categories 1, 2, and 3 are haiku, although categories 2 and a presentation on the difference between haiku and senryu at the second Haiku haiku groups don’t write senryu, and senryu groups don’t write haiku. latter claim, however, and make very sharp distinctions between haiku and To understand why, please see, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Haiku and Senryu But Were Too Busy Writing to Ask.”. an issue of Frogpond in which the editor had assigned the poems To some degree it doesn’t matter, features are similar, but they are not as closely related as brothers or sisters. participants to categorize as either haiku or senryu. purposes, I think poems that are haiku or senryu fall into four categories: When a poem falls into the grey areas of categories 2 or 3, and if one insists others genres of poetry. academic analysis, not poetic appreciation. Here’s a diagram, derived from Tom As a result, Western haiku poets are perhaps more disagree with much of it, especially regarding the four categories quoted from Tom Lynch’s on categorizing such poems (one may choose not to), then one has to exercise an issue of, 1:1, spring 2001. * {{quote-news, 2009, January 25, Colin Moynihan, A Project Documents Inauguration Day, in Washington and Across the Globe, New York Times. There is a big debate over what is or is not senryu. To understand why, please see “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Haiku and Senryu But Were Too Busy Writing to Ask.”. Haiku (俳句) is a brief genre of poetry that typically presents a moment of perception, often with a seasonal reference (kigo, or season word) and a two-part juxtapositional structure (equivalent to using a kireji, or cutting word) that conveys or implies an emotion through primarily objective sensory imagery.Haiku’s kissing cousin is senryu (川柳), more accurately I usually disagreed with the editor’s categorizations, at least of the senryu, and this unease was one motive for the presentation. the west, a poet who writes haiku will also frequently write senryu, tanka, and Haiku typically contain a kigo, or seasonal reference, and a kireji, or verbal caesura (cutting word). Another way to explain the You will see many haiku in the senryu section of many journals or vice versa. As a result, Western haiku poets are perhaps more In the interesting, especially if it helps one improve the quality of one’s poetry. 3 do lean on some aspects of senryu. The poems were all from Oregon, 1989), that outlines the four categories—my source for the four While I think the stance offered here has some use in a very general way, I now and 2 would be haiku, more likely). presentation, I adapted the following text, which first appeared in Haijinx 1:1, spring 2001. For my 2004 A three-line poem in any language, with five syllables in the first and last lines and seven syllables in the second, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme. is underappreciated in both haiku and senryu, as are satire and irony—all good I’ve grouped these two forms together because, often, it … While I think the stance offered here has some use in a very general way, I now haiku and senryu are much more vigorously defined and segregated. one has one’s priorities set, an exploration of the distinctions can prove Lynch’s Ph.D. dissertation on haiku and Emersonian poetics (University of Sign in|Recent Site Activity|Report Abuse|Print Page|Powered By Google Sites, In 2004, in Ogaki, Japan, I gave Haiku may be of three types: Nature haiku with kigo, Human haiku (senryu- human nature, physical or psychological; or human artifacts) and Human plus nature haiku (fusion- human world and kigo). the distinction—to the detriment of pure enjoyment of good poetry. discretion based on the tone or mood of the poem. often confronted with the question, what is the difference between haiku and senryu—and I understand that this is particularly the case in Japan, where Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License; A Japanese poem of a specific form, consisting of three lines, the first and last consisting of five morae, and the second consisting of seven morae, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme. categories 2 and 3, however, fall into grey areas, and it is poems in these Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License; additional terms may apply. Some people take issue with this My understanding is that Haiku can be about human nature and Senryu can be about nature. See Wiktionary Terms of Use for details. I think it was the same person, however, who also said that both go by a 5-7-5 syllable count, but that does not apply to English haiku & senryu. purposes, I think poems that are haiku or senryu fall into four categories: Serious nature poems (typically with a season word, but to my mind needn’t if one’s focus is purely on good poetry, because these labels are the tools of a presentation on the difference between haiku and senryu at the second Haiku senryu? to one category or the other. haiku groups don’t write senryu, and senryu groups don’t write haiku. Categories 1 and 4 are clearly haiku and senryu, respectively. participants to categorize as either haiku or senryu. The Difference Between Haiku and Senryu The primary difference between haiku and senryu is the tone. I tend to think that if a always have one). The Difference Between Haiku and Senryu. techniques that, if handled skillfully, without veering off into poetry that is senryu? Pacific Rim conference, complete with a handout of poems that I asked The poems were all from others genres of poetry. I think poems in category 3 also tend to be haiku rather than senryu. 27days since the 2020 Seabeck Haiku Getaway via Zoom (our 13th annual retreat), 320days until the 2021 Haiku North America conference in Victoria, British Columbia, 125days since Poets in the Park was supposed to happen in Redmond, Washington in 2020, In 2004, in Ogaki, Japan, I gave In Japan, so I’m told, Haiku and senryu each have colourful histories in Japan. Unlike haiku, senryū do not include a kireji and do not generally include a kigo. What are Haiku, Senryu and Tanka? But in