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    Quote Originally Posted by Abbey View Post
    Hi Robert!
    Can you explain why you sometimes like to use opposite imagery in your Haiku? Like snow and summer sun in one Haiku. You know I like to write these too, and I’m always looking to learn.

    First in my poem was --

    -------JUXTAPOSITION-------

    A very strong technique that is to take two distinct images and put them together in the poem. This is called the Juxtaposition Technique. The purpose of the technique is to express a certain relationship between the two images that lead to a certain realization or understanding.

    Accordingly, there are three types of relationships produced with the juxtaposition technique: similarity, contrast, and association. With similarity, the two juxtaposed images express a sameness with each other. For example, consider this poem by Buson:

    misty grasses,
    quiet waters:
    it’s evening

    Here, the “misty grasses” and the “quiet waters” play a similar, and reinforcing, role in contributing to the image of a calm, pleasant evening.

    With contrast, the two images juxtaposed express a stark difference, producing a sense of irony. For example, read this haiku by poet Yamaguchi Seishi:

    summer grass:
    the wheels of a locomotive
    come to a stop

    Here, we see the strong contrast between something natural (grass) and something unnatural (the locomotive). The irony here is that although the poem is written in haiku form, which traditionally glorifies nature, the focus of the poem shifts from nature to machine, which detracts from the beauty of the grass.

    Next , with association, one image relates to another in an unusual or enlightening way. Take, for instance, this poem by Issa:

    people scattered
    the leaves too scattered
    and spread

    Issa here associates the scattered people with the scattered leaves, perhaps alluding to the scene of a grave-site, with an array of tombs, and leaves scattered and spread atop these sites. Thus, the association provides the reader with a sense of desolation.


    In many of my haiku's, I use one, or two or even three of the main techniques in the same haiku...
    And always extremely important is -- IMAGERY...--Tyr


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    edit --

    needle, thread, old coat
    shimmering winter snow drifts
    summer sun, beach sand


    needle thread old coat, -- symbolizes--being bare ill equipped for the conditions or else life


    shimmering winter snow drifts -- symbolizes-- being in the elements- in a bad state although its beauty yet exists


    summer sun, beach sand -- symbolizes -- the contrasting imagery, the wish the person may be thinking- and the pleasure of that scene and warmth.


    That is the bare bones of it my friend.
    There is much more , in that poem. I will leave that to the reader to find-t o cipher out, to imagine--to seek.... . -Tyr
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    white stone, sad morning
    fresh mowed grass twixt the rows
    bright sun, soft cool breeze

    Robert J. Lindley, 6-10-2021
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