POETRY AND NATURE. Two things that naturallygo together. If you're looking for nature poems thatreally get it, so to speak, look no further than haiku!Why? Because haiku is especially suited fordescribing nature. For example, take a look at thesetwo nature poems by the author:
Nature Poem #1
Egrets movethrough the marsh...morning cloudsHere we have "egrets" as our subject. Beautiful birdsthat most people either have seen in a picture or arefamiliar with. In just 7 words a picture is created.And not just any picture but a complete scene!First we have the phrase "egrets move through themarsh." Nothing special in itself. But, when wecombine this with the fragment "morning clouds,"we get a picture of place and time - a sense of something happening. What economy and wordpruning this is!Nature poems by western writers may containhundreds of words but For sheer size and power,nothing beats the haiku!Here's another example of a nature poem:
Nature Poem #2
Winter shoreline --sandpipers dartinto the waterIn this nature poem we have the fragment firstinstead of the phrase. The fragment is like thebackground of a painting…it sets the mood of the poem. The words "winter shoreline" conjurean image of a quiet beach perhaps. Or it could besomething else entirely.This is the beauty of haiku. It doesn't tell you somuch as show you what is happening.Interpretation is left to the reader's imagination.
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