The Lune: The English Language Haiku

My curiosity inside the Lune is due to my curiosity inside the Japanese Haiku. I’m eager on making an attempt to give you eye- and brain-catching images in a few phrases.


The “u” is pronounced identical to the o’s inside the phrase boo; or pronounced loon, identical to the aquatic hen.


There are two variations of the Lune, so there are two momentary histories.

Robert Kelly Lune:

Robert Kelly, a Professor of Literature at Bard College since 1986 and resident of Purple Hook (New York), invented the Lune poetry form. There are additional syllables in Japanese phrases than there are in English phrases. Writing Haiku (5-7-5 syllables) in English creates a definite poem than the Japanese intention. Robert Kelly invented the Lune to remove these variations, and so makes the Lune (5-3-5 syllables) nearer to Haiku than Haiku written inside the English language.

Jack Collom Lune:

In response to The Lecturers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Varieties (edited by Ron Padgett), Jack Collom created his mannequin by likelihood. It moreover mentions that as he was, “beginning to work with schoolchildren he misremembered Kelly’s thought as a rely of three/5/Three phrases, comparatively than syllables.” In doing so, he created a model new variation of the Lune. As a contented coincidence, this variation made it easier for teenagers to create Lunes, since phrases are easier to rely than syllables.


Robert Kelly Lune:

-Three strains containing a syllabic rely of 5-3-5.

-A whole thought inside these three strains (13 syllables).

Jack Collom Lune:

-Three strains containing a phrase rely of 3-5-3.

-A whole thought inside these three strains (eleven phrases).


The whole thing else!

The Lune wouldn’t have the equivalent restraints as Haiku. Likelihood is you may search recommendation from the seasons or not. Likelihood is you may rhyme or not, often a no-no in Haiku. You may also use metaphor, simile, and so forth. Which is frowned upon in Haiku – nevertheless I generally use them in mine because of I like them. Listening to that, Basho (a widely known Haiku poet of the 1600’s) rolled over in his grave in annoyance.

This could be a form with good latitude, and has develop to be my new favorite form. It has each half I like, and wouldn’t make me actually really feel liable for together with my metaphors. Now, if they may solely invent a calorie-free banana reduce up I might be in heaven.

When creating Lune chains, I would make sure that each specific individual Lune has a whole thought – merely as Haiku chains do. Given that Lune form has few restrictions, I might maintain as true to them as I’ll.

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