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Beauty - A Haiku
by Dipankar Dasgupta
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Eloquent beauty?
Don't the evening flowers glow
Speaking in silence?
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November 20, 2011
More By: Dipankar Dasgupta
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Comment @ rdashby

Thanks a ton Sir. Your last response was most helpful. Let me see if I can proceed from here.

Incidentally, 17 syllables.

dipankardasgupta
11/20/2011 22:09 PM

Comment Since you ask a question, I feel obliged to answer. I only suggested a change to the last line of the original. Any further criticism of the revised version, like the answering of your own question on behalf of the reader - 'Yes, don't...' instead of leaving out the 'Yes' - would cause you further problems in attaining the integrity of 15 syllables without forcing the sense. Ah well, sir, you do what you think is best. My first criticism is my last.

rdashby
11/20/2011 20:57 PM

Comment @ rdashby

I tried to fix things to some extent. Have I been able to address your doubts?

Thank you.

dipankardasgupta
11/20/2011 11:08 AM

Comment @ rdashby

The most important problem with this composition lies in the use of the word "Like". A haiku cannot admit a simile.

Regarding "contradiction", it is deliberate. Contrast constitutes the very essence of a haiku. The intended sense is "eloquent silence", as in "a darkness full of light".

Whether "wordless silence" is a repetition is a matter I need to think over. One could interpret "wordless silence" to mean "a silence caused by the absence of spoken words". This comes close to "Spoken in silence".

I agree, however, that this composition calls for revision and I am grateful to you for the critical comment.

Thanks a lot.

dipankardasgupta
11/20/2011 10:47 AM

Comment 'wordless silence' is not only a repetition but contradicts 'Eloquent beauty'. To be consistent, perhaps the last line should be: Spoken in silence.

rdashby
11/20/2011 09:34 AM




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