waves crash and roll
at the feet of granite cliffs
Kim M. Russell, 3rd July 2020
My response to Carpe Diem Exploring The Beauty Of Haiku #1826 Juxtaposition
In today’s new challenge, we are writing a haiku in which we use juxtaposition, or side-by-side contrast. Juxtaposition of two contrasting items is often deliberate in writing, music or art, in order to highlight differences.
Chèvrefeuille says that he often hears that juxtaposition is a key to successful haiku and that the contrast of two images in haiku is instrumental in creating resonance. I like the quote he shares from Robert Spiess, editor of Modern Haiku:
“Juxtaposition of entities in haiku cannot be simply the throwing together of just anything; the poet must have the intuition that certain things, albeit of “opposite” characteristics, nonetheless have a resonance with each other that will evoke a revelation when they are juxtaposed in accordance with the time-tested canons and aesthetics of haiku.”