Then fiddle." One must fight before fiddling for two reasons.
For at a minimumwar continually threatens this beauty.
In just the poem's initial line "first" "fight""fiddle" alliterate, as well as ring changes on the different sounds ofthe vowel "i"; "fight" and "ply" assent; and "slipping string" repeatsthe initial "s" and final "ing" sounds.
a vegetarian with legs crossed in zazen theroasting chicken
Indeed, as an emblem of Western civility(one thinks of Renaissance sonnets), the sonnet might be involved in thevery justification of the destruction of other less "civilized" peoplesthat the poem condemns.
3. Seventeen syllables written in three lines dividedinto 5-7-5.
How many times, in your years of studying haiku, have youbeen told "never use metaphor or simile in haiku"?How many times have you written a pretty good haiku but havebeen afraid to send it to an editor for fear it would berejected because it "kinda has a metaphor" init?
5. Less than 17 syllables written in three lines asshort-long-short.
In spite of all the tragedies and ill health that besetOld Issa, we, with great love, remember this kindly man whowrote such magnificent poetry. Numbered among the triumvirategreats, his name will never be forgotten in Japan, and mostlikely will not be forgotten throughout the world.
7. Write what can be said in one breath.
On a large green stone under the cryptomerias thatsurround the little shrine at Suwa, where he spent lonesomedays as a child, is found carved this verse: