Poetry responding to the stillness of Granville Redmond’s paintings.
Kigo - Season
Granville Redmond was able to create a narrative landscape through the use of his paintbrush. His paintings transport the viewer to quiet scenes and create feelings of serenity. Haiku poetry has a similar ability to create a narrative and peaceful reactions with only a few words and syllables.
Haiku is a short form of Japanese poetry that traditionally consists of three phrases with a specific number of syllables creating each line. The most popular form is broken down into 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables again. A haiku traditionally contains a kigo, a word or phrase that symbolizes or implies the season of the poem.
One of the best-known Japanese haiku is Bashō’s “Old Pond.”
This separates into:
fu-ru-i-ke ya (5)
ka-wa-zu to-bi-ko-mu (7)
frog leaps in
Sun lit hills and sea (5)
Golden poppies glowing bright (7)
Deep breaths in and out (5)
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