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|The Role of Seasons in Indian Haiku|
|by Ramesh Anand|
Continued from "The Indianness in Contemporary Haiku"
Creating an apt seasonal reference, which is completely fresh by itself, is the biggest challenge in getting the observed event artistic and surprising in a haiku. It makes the haiku more revealing and resonant.
A new haiku poet generally adopts the existing setting of kigo shared by experienced writers. This existing set would only suit for writers who reside in a country from where the existing kigo set originated. So there is a challenge here for every haiku poet to find a kigo for their own country which has very unique seasonal references hidden to get revealed.
Over experience, there will be an inner urge to find the deep meaning of the observed event in a season and that is when exceptional kigo will start to fall in place in a poet’s haiku.
Kigo as seasonal reference also helps to give a clear cut idea of the event and prevents the event being falling into a gray area especially when a seasonal transition takes place.
new year’s wishes
new year's eve
autumn sky -
autumn haze –
First talk, first dawn, first meeting, first snow, first drizzle.
full moon –
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