Z - Zappai

 

A Japanese form, you may see Zappai referred to as "pseudo-haiku," and while it does have the 5/7/5 syllable pattern, a zappai never contains any seasonal or nature references.  You could say it's a senryu then, but senryu relate to human nature, in a ironic or humorous way, and a senryu doesn't have the strict adherence to the 5/7/5.   Haiku societies are quick to dismiss the zappai as being "doggeral verse" with  little literary value.


 The Zappai 

 

Some call it pseudo-

Haiku, although it has no

Seasonal reference.

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  1. LOL :D It's strange to define a poetic form by something it does *not* contain. Fun!
    This was a fascinating theme, thank you!

    The Multicolored Diary

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    1. It does seem a backwards way of doing it. Thank you for your visits and comments.

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  2. Well done Lisa, so much hard work in your different poems and different forms. I've enjoyed reading them each day. Congrats on making it all the way to the end!
    https://iainkellywriting.com/2021/04/30/the-state-trilogy-a-z-guide-z/

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    1. Thank you, and thank you for your continued visits. I will admit, I could have picked a simpler theme, but I did start writing the poems months ago!

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  3. Congratulations on completing the challenge. I enjoyed reading how you tackled all those forms.
    Black and White: Z for Zerzura

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    1. Thank you. It was quite interesting to learn about the forms myself.

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  4. I'm genuinely impressed with this series and your poems. Well done!

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  5. Hi Lisa - I really enjoyed your poetry forms posts and have just shared it with my budding poet grandson. Just a request or suggestion, could you please put a list of links to all 26 posts in your Reflections post, its quite difficult to navigate to them...

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