3/17/2009

Negative Verbs

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Negative Verb Forms

Negative verbs are seldom used in traditional Japanese haiku, since the purpose of the haiku is usually to turn the reader to a positive side of life.
So even if a positive meaning does not exactly correspond to your
"experience", for the sake of the haiku form, it is better to change a verb into the positive form.

Here is an example

wetland shells -
they do know nothing
of the moon


better turned positive to

wetland shells -
they really know all
about the moon



Paraphrasing a lesson from Masaki Sensei 正木 ゆう子
Yuko Masaki

of NHK Haiku, March 2009.

.... NHK HAIKU ... NHK 俳句


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むづがゆき翼のつけ根涅槃西風
muzugayuki tsubasa no tsukene nehan-nishi

the roots of my wings
begin to itch -
Nirvana West Wind


Yuko Masaki

Nehan Nishi 涅槃西風
west wind during the Nehan-Festival on March 15


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. Verbs used in Kigo .


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2 comments:

anonymous said...

Arigat, Gabi-san, for sharing this gem.
I'd like to see more her work!
R.W.

anonymous said...

Thanks Gabi... solid advice. I agree with her whole heartedly.
D.