Barangaroo Haiku Walk

$118 Limited inc GST / $106
Barangaroo Haiku Walk

<p>This is a day to slow down and observe, to refresh the senses, through the medium of haiku. This Japanese form of short poem captures a moment in nature. We’ll meet first at WEA in the CBD to learn

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This is a day to slow down and observe, to refresh the senses, through the medium of haiku. This Japanese form of short poem captures a moment in nature. We’ll meet first at WEA in the CBD to learn about haiku. Then travel by bus to Barangaroo with its plants, birds, the sea, flowers, insects, rocks, to walk, write and picnic. A review of our the poems follows.


Please compile 1x A4 page of haiku: 1/2 page classic (ie Japanese, but in translation), 1/2 page modern.


Please bring the following for the walk:

  • Opal card
  • Walking shoes & hat
  • Backpack with food and drink
  • Clothing as befits the weather
  • Small notebook & writing implement


SUGGESTED READING

  • R H Blyth, Haiku in 4 volumes
  • The Haiku Foundation digital library: A Haiku Sampler from Japan 1 – 4
  • The Haiku Foundation digital library: browse collections, haiku journals especially Frogpond


COURSE OUTLINE

  • What is a haiku? Indoor session at WEA tracing history of haiku
  • Read student collections – compare translations and first stage of critique
  • Write your own haiku at Barangaroo, responding to nature there.
  • Editing and sharing sessions, with focus on positive feedback – individual and group critique – at Barangaroo and in WEA rooms.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Learn about the history of the haiku in Japanese literature.
  2. Learn how the form has changed as it became international.
  3. Compare haiku with senryu.
  4. Read haiku widely, make a selection to share.
  5. Write some haikus in response to a natural setting.
  6. Evaluate the quality of own writings – select one’s best work - edit it.
  7. Evaluate other participants' writing and critique in respectful manner.
  8. Participate in a group reading – listen and present to the class.