NOTES ON POSTED NOTES
or Beyond Haiku.
This blog was originally intended to complement the ‘Reflections’ series of haiku verse which I have self-published on Amazon Create Space, whereby I would share sample verses on varying themes such as, inter alia, economics, politics, inequality, greed, society, money, work, sport, and family life (or rather, the dysfunctional aspects therein).
My own haiku verses are, among other views, a critical, angry, satirical or acerbic take on those themes. Themes ‘normally’ associated with haiku include nature and the seasons, but the modern world has its own ‘nature’, created or evolved out of the original state of nature we were once in. As, barring Armageddon or climatic cataclysms, we are not in our original state of nature – or the nascent society, as Rousseau appeared to prefer for humankind – it would surely be absurd to confine haiku to themes nature and the season. After all, one writes about our experience, perceptions, experiences, and indeed, reflections.
If Rousseau has said that we are corrupted by ‘civil society’, one could argue that perhaps corruption is in our nature, hence the themes explored in ‘modern’ haiku concern the things around us, which are ‘natural’ consequences of modern or civil society. Hence, for example, if humans are – or have become – vain and want to show trappings of success, or the illusions of success, then my own haiku themes such as ‘Moonscape’ and Wasteland’ are the new ‘themes of ‘nature’. Similarly, on a larger scale, ‘Geopolitics’ and ‘Atlantic’ are themes exploring dominance of the USA in world affairs, not always to the good. Indeed, other epistemological themes such as ‘Economics’ explore inequality.
To further discuss Rousseau here would be a digression. The point of this post is that this blog has evolved from haiku to exploring other verse formats, and that is how my series ‘Posted Notes’ arose. Here, more attention is being devoted to rhyme schemes – not necessarily the strictly structured ones one may have explored at school- but nevertheless I regard them as ‘working’ poems in the sense that from beginning as the nascent poet writing haiku, I am evolving my poetry.
Posted Notes consist of single stanza verses. They are as much exercises in my developing craft, as well as works of creation or inspiration. They could be quatrain, quintet, sextet, septet, octet or nine or ten line verses, or a series of couplets or triplets. The rhymes, end rhymes, pararhymes, internal rhymes, assonance, consonance, as are the syllable-line structures (e.g. 8 x 4, 9 x9, 6-6-7-7, etc.). As for the beats – iamb, trochee, spondee, anapest, dactyl– I have tried to steer clear of them, but not avoid them. The ‘beats’ are those which I find would fit into each line in order to be able to create a natural speech or elision. Indeed, a single line could consist of a combination of beats. Some words are of 4 or 5 syllables, which would arguably defeat any attempt at scansion for types of beat.
Indeed, I has intended to write free verse stanzas, but found myself drawn – not compelled- into more ‘schematic’ verse, though at this stage I have avoided following, say, Plutarchan or Spenserian etc., rhyme schemes. Maybe for the future. Indeed, I am also composing multi-stanza verses for a book, but that’s for another post on this blog.
In further posts I shall be self-analysing my Posted Notes on this blog, and hope perhaps it may assist other nascent – or established – poets out there or who may be following my blog. Other ‘notes’ I shall keep from the blog, so that those and the ones published on this blog, can go into a book.
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