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Hello all,

I'm a graduate student doing work on classical Japnese poetry. But as there are elements of the Chinese poetic tradition in the Japanese poetic tradition, my studies now include Chinese poetry. Over the course of my studies, I've come across a style of poetry called wakan renku, or Japanese and Chinese linked verse. This is an offshoot of renga; poets alternate between composing hokku (aka haiku) and couplets of Chinese poetry that respond to each other. I was wondering if anyone would be willing to try this style of poetry. I would soley be responsible for the Chinese couplets (with English translation attached). Let me know if you're interested.

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OK - this sounds fun.
so I should just write haiku?
in form or function?

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Lightly on the rose,
expression of beauty sits
in beholders eye.

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Renga and renku is often a long form involving many exchanges between poets. Since this is our first time trying this out, let's start out with a four exchange sequence, that is, four poems by each of us and see what we come up with.

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Lightly on the rose,
expression of beauty sits
in beholders eye.


Here's my link:
Quote:

Walking in the morning beside the garden gate, looking upon the crimson blossoms;
Drinking in the evening from the garden pavilion, gazing upon the setting sun.


Unfortunately, I couldn't put the characters on this page, (If anyone viewing this know how to include characters, please tell me how.) but the Chinese couplet is two seven character lines. So to continue the sequence, try to incorporate elements from my link and move them in another direction.

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Quote:

Lightly on the rose,
expression of beauty sits
in beholders eye.

Quote:

Walking in the morning beside the garden gate, looking upon the crimson blossoms;
Drinking in the evening from the garden pavilion, gazing upon the setting sun.

Quote:

Reflected Sun set;
a garden of memory,
mindfully weeding.


Posted on: 2004/9/4 1:39
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Quote:

Lightly on the rose,
expression of beauty sits
in beholders eye.

Quote:

Walking in the morning beside the garden gate, looking upon the crimson blossoms;
Drinking in the evening from the garden pavilion, gazing upon the setting sun.

Quote:

Reflected Sun set;
a garden of memory,
mindfully weeding.


Quote:

Braiding willow branches with dampened sleeves, my recollections are numerous;
Playing the zither with crying insects, our separation grows longer.

Posted on: 2004/9/4 3:05
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Quote:

Lightly on the rose,
expression of beauty sits
in beholders eye.

Quote:

Walking in the morning beside the garden gate, looking upon the crimson blossoms;
Drinking in the evening from the garden pavilion, gazing upon the setting sun.

Quote:

Reflected Sun set;
a garden of memory,
mindfully weeding.

Quote:

Braiding willow branches with dampened sleeves, my recollections are numerous;
Playing the zither with crying insects, our separation grows longer.

Quote:

Life's pattern takes shape -
from the ocean of our dreams,
as we observe self.

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Quote:

Lightly on the rose,
expression of beauty sits
in beholders eye.

Quote:

Walking in the morning beside the garden gate, looking upon the crimson blossoms;
Drinking in the evening from the garden pavilion, gazing upon the setting sun.

Quote:

Reflected Sun set;
a garden of memory,
mindfully weeding.

Quote:

Braiding willow branches with dampened sleeves, my recollections are numerous;
Playing the zither with crying insects, our separation grows longer.

Quote:

Life's pattern takes shape -
from the ocean of our dreams,
as we observe self.

Quote:

Dawn breaks, the dream ends, a distant temple bell;
Unfurling scolls, taking up brush, reading the teachings of the Sages.

Posted on: 2004/9/4 8:11
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Quote:

Lightly on the rose,
expression of beauty sits
in beholders eye.

Quote:

Walking in the morning beside the garden gate, looking upon the crimson blossoms;
Drinking in the evening from the garden pavilion, gazing upon the setting sun.

Quote:

Reflected Sun set;
a garden of memory,
mindfully weeding.

Quote:

Braiding willow branches with dampened sleeves, my recollections are numerous;
Playing the zither with crying insects, our separation grows longer.

Quote:

Life's pattern takes shape -
from the ocean of our dreams,
as we observe self.

Quote:

Dawn breaks, the dream ends, a distant temple bell;
Unfurling scolls, taking up brush, reading the teachings of the Sages.

Quote:

Documenting mind,
outside inspires inside...
Naturally sublime.


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Quote:

Lightly on the rose,
expression of beauty sits
in beholders eye.

Quote:

Walking in the morning beside the garden gate, looking upon the crimson blossoms;
Drinking in the evening from the garden pavilion, gazing upon the setting sun.

Quote:

Reflected Sun set;
a garden of memory,
mindfully weeding.

Quote:

Braiding willow branches with dampened sleeves, my recollections are numerous;
Playing the zither with crying insects, our separation grows longer.

Quote:

Life's pattern takes shape -
from the ocean of our dreams,
as we observe self.

Quote:

Dawn breaks, the dream ends, a distant temple bell;
Unfurling scolls, taking up brush, reading the teachings of the Sages.

Quote:

Documenting mind,
outside inspires inside...
Naturally sublime.

Quote:

Heaven and earth and the four seas are patterned within my heart;
journeys of millions of li come forth in writing.


Well, what do you think?

Posted on: 2004/9/4 12:08
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:)

I think its fantastic... it seemed as though you were writing on the environment outside, through which my Haiku was the viewer. As though the Haiku stanzas decribes the internal dynamics, and the Chinese links describe the external dynamic...

Seemed like a perfect match.

That was great. Thank you

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