Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Tale of Love (and Woe) – Lovers' Song #10

Knight #10

Princess #10



A note on form:  The above form has little (or sporadic) history.  Part of a long line of ancient Japanese forms from which come the sedōka, choka, and tanka is the katauta.  Depending on the source this poem (also known as a half-poem or half-song), is either 17 (5 / 7 / 5) or 19 (5 / 7 / 7) syllables long.  The feeling I get is that this form is meant to be one half of a conversation...perhaps two lovers conversing back and forth.  There is also note of this form consisting of a question-and-answer feel; the first poem posing the question, while the second poem answers it. 


About this series:  This series is a branch-off of a ten act ballad called A Tale of Love and Woe.  All odd numbered installations are initiated by the "princess" with a response from the "knight."  In each of these, the princess follows the 17 syllable pattern to which the knight replies in kind. All even numbered installations are initiated by the "knight" with a response from the "princess."  In each of these, the knight follows the 19 syllable pattern to which the princess replies in kind. 

7 comments:

Mary said...

Beautiful! I especially like the second one -- so filled with love!

Brian Miller said...

nice...def the second one...the comparison to the coloring of your life...that is a beautiful thing...

Vandana Sharma said...

A beautiful dedication to a loved one:)

Grace said...

Beautiful specially the second one ~

Claudia said...

dancing into the others heart like autumn colors..that is a beautiful image...

Björn Rudberg said...

I think you are right when it comes to the form.. the two aspects of the same thing -- why not the two voices of the lovers. I remember when Sam did Sedoka with us at dVerse.. and yours are just beautiful. I like the calligraphic aspects of your handwritten notes (like secret messages exchanged).

Jeff said...

These are so skillfully done--not just the content, but the way you present it, and the very idea itself. Keep going with this, it is worth pursuing!