Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Tale of Love (and Woe) – Lovers' Song #13

Princess #13

Knight #13



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. 

4 comments:

Mary said...

Beautifully and sensitively expressed! Depth in few words!

Brian Miller said...

nice...i like the two ways you use the rain in these....

Vandana Sharma said...

So beautiful, lovers are apart yet so near.........

Björn Rudberg said...

I just wish a love like this could find some closeness..