Kouta

Japanese Poetry

The Kouta 小唄 (little or short song) was a popular Japanese verse form of the 16th century.

The Kouta is:
• a poem in 4 lines.
• syllabic, written in lines of alternating 7-5-7-5 syllables or 7-7-7-5 syllables.

three little girls dressed alike
small pink polka dots on white
ribbons tie up pony tails
sisters smile polite
–jvg

Pasted from http://www.poetrymagnumopus.com/index.php?showtopic=1132
My thanks to Judi Van Gorder for years of work on this fine PMO resource.

My example

Untitled (Kouta)

three old men sitting at the bar
grumbling ’bout the things that are
the good thing is they can’t go far
momma has the car

© Lawrencealot – February 13, 2015

Dodoitsu

Dodoistu is a Japanese form of poetry that is sometimes performed as a folk song. The Dodoitsu comes from the old agricultural roots of the Gombei, the people of Japan’s back-country. The majority of Dodoistu poetry was handed down through oral tradition and was performed to the accompaniment of shamisen, a three- stringed instrument.

A lot of Dodoistu poetry focuses on love, humor or the unexpected, though there are many Dodoistu poems that also look at nature and beauty.

It has 26 syllables: 7 in the first, second and third lines, and 5 in the last line. (7/7/7/5).

Example Poem

‘Tis Better…   (A Dodoistu)

All triumphs end differently,
some with flourish and refrains,
some with frequent curtain calls,
others fade to black.

© Lawrencealot – Oct. 19, 2012

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