From: Winfield Hill
Subject: Re: laser diode operating range
Date: 26 Nov 2002 05:58:27 -0800
Organization: Rowland Institute
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> Winfield Hill wrote:
>> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote...
>>> Winfield Hill wrote:
>>>> CDs discreetly hanging,
>>>> on branches across the road -
>>>> laser beam reflects.
>>> If Haiku it is,
>>> five seven five it must be
>>> or Haiku it ain't
>> As the website pointed out, counting syllables is very
>> important for Japanese Haiku, but for English becomes
>> problematic and not vigorously followed. Anyway,
>> clearly I'm no Haiku writer!
> Counting syllables, if one wants to write Haiku, is central
> to the technique of crafting the poem, much like writing in
> iambic pentameter sets the meter for a different rhythm.
> Begging off by saying "It's too hard to do in American English,
> so we don't have to follow the rules" is bogus and unfair.
> If you don't want to write Haiku then don't, but don't call a
> turd a rose. It ain't.
Sorry I begged off - I was following the Haiku how-to web-site.
But back to my poem (sorry if it smelled like a turd to you).
Note that "discreetly" may have three syllables, but it sounds
like two, ditto "reflects" (is the "s" a third syllable?). I
could have written it this way, which is a bit closer,
. discs hang discreetly,
. on branches across the road -
. laser beam reflects.
but I was trying to use 2020's words and phrases unchanged if
at all possible.