Cupped, or: Limitless
This post is inspired by the above post on Ben’s website.
Choka is a form of classical Japanese poetry that consists of alternating lines of five and seven syllables, creating a pattern of 5-7-5-7. Here is an example:
Snowflakes fall gently
Blanketing the earth below
Peaceful and serene
In this winter wonderland
Let us find joy in this scene
A long choka
The sun rises slowly
Over the horizon’s crest
Shining its warm light
Illuminating the world
And chase away the night
Nature awakes from slumber
Birds sing their morning song
Streams flow with gentle thunder
And the wind begins to long
For another day of wonder
In this world so vast and wide
We often get lost in thought
But the beauty by our side
Is what life has truly brought
So let us cherish every moment
And revel in its simple delight
For the beauty of this world
Is truly a wondrous sight
And if we take a moment to see
We’ll find peace and serenity
In this world so full of grace
Let us cherish it, embrace.
A katauta is a form of classical Japanese poetry that consists of a single unbroken line of 17 syllables, usually expressing the speaker’s feelings or emotions. Here is an example:
In this peaceful night sky, the moon shines bright
Illuminating my heart with its silver light.
A longer katauta:
The cherry blossoms bloom, painting the sky pink
Their beauty taking my breath away, I stop and think
Of all the joy and sorrow that life can bring
And how fleeting it is, like a bird on the wing.
A quadrille is a form of poetry that consists of 44 syllables spread across five lines, with specific rhyming patterns. Here is an example:
In the still of night
The stars twinkle and shine
Guiding us with their light
Until the morning sun aligns
Leaving us with memories so divine.
A long quadrille
Along the rolling hills, the wind whispers low
And carries with it the secrets of the land below
It dances with the trees, and kisses the flowers
In this world so wild and free, it has the power
To carry our thoughts and dreams, far beyond the hours.
It brings with it the rain, to quench the earth’s thirst
And washes away the pain, in life’s daily burst
It helps new life to grow, and old life to renew
In this world so full of woe, it brings us something true
The beauty of nature, that shines in shades of blue.
So let us embrace the wind, and let it lead us on
For it knows all the tales, that have yet to be sung
It can show us the way, to the path we must take
And lead us to the day, that our hearts will finally awaken
To the magic of life, that surrounds us and makes.
A choka, katauta, and quadrille on the ‘beauty of night’
A choka on the beauty of night:
The night sky is a canvas, painted with stars so bright
Each one shining with its own unique light
Against the inky darkness, they twinkle and dance
A celestial symphony, a mesmerizing glance
And in this world so full of wonder and might.
A long katauta on the beauty of night:
The moon rises high, casting its silver light
On the world below, making everything so bright
In the still of night, the stars shine like gems
Creating a peaceful atmosphere, it’s a serene realm.
A long quadrille on the beauty of night:
The sky transforms, as day turns into night
With stars so bright, they light up the sight
A dance of shadows, and glimmering stars
A celestial beauty, that is beyond compare.
The moon rises, and bathes the world in light
A peaceful calm, that makes everything right
The night sky is a canvas, painted with grace
A masterpiece, that we can admire from this place.
Choka, Katauta, and Quadrille are all forms of poetry with different structures, syllable counts, and rhyming patterns.
Choka consists of alternating lines of five and seven syllables, creating a pattern of 5-7-5-7. It often focuses on expressing powerful emotions or conveying a narrative.
Katauta consists of a single unbroken line of 17 syllables, usually expressing the speaker’s feelings or emotions. It is meant to be simple, direct, and convey a single message.
Quadrille consists of 44 syllables spread across five lines, with specific rhyming patterns. Quadrille poems often focus on a particular theme, and the rhyming structure helps to reinforce the theme and create a musical quality in the poem.
In terms of similarities, all three forms of poetry seek to express the writer’s emotions and thoughts through the use of language, imagery, and rhyming patterns. Additionally, all three forms are considered to be classical forms of Japanese poetry and have a rich cultural history in Japanese literature.
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