SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Diploma Projects 2004

俳句 Haiku

“Haiku” refers to a subset of Japanese poem styles. Its simplicity and elegance - 3 simple lines with a seasonal reference - was developed hand in hand with Zen, where life is but a collection of fleeting moments. Hence the impression evoked by Haiku is highly visual, almost photographic in that it is the immediate physical surroundings that authors are trying to convey to the readers, and a seasonal reference provides context to enhance empathy between the writer and the reader.

The 2004-05 Diploma students produced high quality Haiku in term 2

Kage nagashi by Aaron Chambers

Yuki daruma by Areum Yang

Shizuka na hi by Majid RIaz

Miscellaneous by Sabah Vohra, Angelica Fernando and Raymond Wong