• Announcements

    • tonyv

      Registration -- to join PMO ***UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS***   03/14/2017

      Automatic registration has been disabled. If you would like to join the Poetry Magnum Opus online community, use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of this page and follow these instructions: 1. Check your email (including your spam folder) in a timely fashion for a reply. 2. After you receive a reply, use the "Sign Up" link at the top right corner of the page to create your account. Do this fast. I've lost my patience with people who use the "Contact Us" link to express interest in joining and then don't bother to check their email for a reply and don't bother to join after registration has been enabled. The queue fills up fast with spammers, and I have to spend my time sifting through the rubbish to delete them. The window of opportunity for joining will be short. I will not have my time wasted. If you don't check your email and you don't bother registering promptly, you will find that registration has been disabled and your future requests to join may go ignored. /s/ Tony ___________________ [Registration will only be enabled for a short while from the time your message is received, so please check your email for a reply and register within 12 hours of using the "Contact Us" link. (Be sure to check your spam folder if you don't see a reply to your message.)]
    • tonyv

      IMPORTANT: re Logging In to PMO ***Attention Members***   03/15/2017

      For security purposes, please use your email address when logging in to the site. This will prevent your account from being locked when malicious users try to log in to your account using your publicly visible display name. If you are unable to log in, use the "Contact Us" link at the bottom of the page.
    • tonyv

      Blogs   05/01/2017

      Blogs are now accessible to Guests. Guests may read and reply to blog entries. We'll see how this works out. If Guest participation becomes troublesome, I'll disable Guest access. Members are encouraged to make use of the PMO Members' Promotional Blog to promote their published works. Simply add your latest entry to the blog. Include relevant information (your name or screen name, poem title, periodical name, hyperlink to the site where published, etc). If you have a lot of them and feel you need your own blog, let me know, and I will try to accommodate you. Members are encouraged to continue also posting their promotional topics in the Promotions forum on the board itself which is better suited for archiving promotions.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Tinker

Burma: Than bauk / Ya Du

2 posts in this topic

Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry
Southeast Asian Verse

Burma is a country bordered by China, Laos, India, Bangladesh and Thailand and yet 1/3 of its perimeter is the coast line of the Andaman Sea. Its literary history dates back to 1310 with verse cut into stone. This was a record of the achievements of kings and other royalty and religious writings all in verse. There also are preserved palm leaf poems that date back to 1455 which is more emotional and less formal than the stone writings.

  • The Than bauk features "climbing rhyme" which is common in many Southeast Asian poetic patterns, such as the Viet, Luc-bat. It is meant to be a humorous, witty proverb or saying, an epigram. This form is a Burmese pattern found on the internet at Bob Newman's site.  The elements of the Than bauk are:
    1. syllabic, 4 syllables per line.
    2. a tristich, a poem in 3 lines; this is not meant to be stanzaic, the brevity is part of the charm.
    3. composed with "climbing rhyme", the rhyme appears in the 4th syllable of L1, the 3rd syllable of L2, and the 2nd syllable of L3.
    4. Often clever, a short epigram.

      xxxA               
      xxAx
      xAxx

       

      To wish I flew
      is no new news
      to you who do.
                        --- jvg
  • The Ya-Du or ritú (season) is stanzaic form dedicated to the seasons. The theme should express the emotions the seasons evoke. The form is a 15th century Burmese pattern using a climbing rhyme.  The elements of the Ya-Du are:
    1. syllabic. L1-L4 tetrasyllabic (4) and L5 may be 5,7, 9, or 11 syllables. 4-4-4-4-(5,7,9, or 11)
    2. stanzaic, written in no more than 3 cinquains.
    3. rhymed. The form employs a climbing rhyme in which the 4th syllable of L1 rhymes with the 3rd syllable of L2 and the 2nd syllable of L3. L4 and L5 end rhyme.
    4. dedicated to the seasons and the emotions they evoke.
      x x x a
      x x a x
      x a x x
      x x x b
      x x x x b            or               x x x x x x b etc

      Fall Back by Judi Van Gorder

      Indian summer
      a warmer fall
      winter put off
      a month or two.
      seasons tipped askew.

      Sandals on sand
      air soft and warm
      a grand compass
      back to balmy days
      incites nature's praise.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0