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Explore the Craft of Writing Poetry Southeast Asian Verse Burma, now Myanmar or the Republic of Myanmar 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. Myanmar is a country of serene beauty marred by genocide and government land grabs. 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: syllabic, 4 syllables per line. a tristich, a poem in 3 lines; this is not meant to be stanzaic, the brevity is part of the charm. composed with "climbing rhyme", the rhyme appears in the 4th syllable of L1, the 3rd syllable of L2, and the 2nd syllable of L3. 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 a stanzaic form dedicated to the seasons. The theme should express the emotions the seasons evoke. Initially no set structure was assigned to the Ya-Du which was a seasonal thematic genre inherited from Thailand during the Thai occupation of Burma in the 14th century. After Burma gained back its independence in the 15th century, the structure or form developed a pattern using a climbing rhyme. The elements of the Ya-Du are: stanzaic, written in no more than 3 cinquains. syllabic. L1-L4 tetrasyllabic (4) and L5 may be 5,7, 9, or 11 syllables. 4-4-4-4-(5,7,9, or 11) 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. dedicated to the seasons and the emotions they evoke. x x x a x x a x x a x b x x b c x b x x c or x bx x x x c etc Fall Back by Judi Van Gorder Coming Home and A New Norm by Judi Van Gorder Indian summer a warmer fall winter detained cold restrained to ordain seasons tipped askew. Sandals on sand balmy and calm a grand compass to bypass haze, surpass nature's praise.
I started playing with this form Than Bauk and ended up writing a few. #1 To hone your skill try a drill. Write and fill a page #2 Too many spills create bills, woes. Tests wills of men. #3 The harvest moon croons a tune low. Too soon the day #4 Thanks for the read filling a need new. A seed is sown. ~~ Tink