The Call of the Wild Reflection
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Haiku Porfolio

The Four Seasons

 

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“Seasons are what a symphony ought to be: four perfect movements in harmony with each other”

~Arthur Rubinstein

 

Metacognition

A great writer does not make for a good poet, but a good poet always makes for great writer
        
I found that this Haiku assignment was a lot more time consuming than I thought it would be. I also had to keep track of which Haiku technique I had already done for each season. The metacognition and titles took about the same amount of time no matter what season it was.
        On a few occasions I differed from the three Haiku techniques and did a variant of technique two. Instead of doing two sequential lines of images, I did lines of actions. I thought that this still made the Haikus sound good, and along the lines of other technique two poems.
       
I don’t know if doing a slightly different technique two is bad, but I liked how it sounded, so I kept the ones that I did differently. I put most of my time and effort into making the poems so that they worked well, so my metacognitions are probably a bit weak.
        
Next time I do this, I will not change my method much because I think it is important to focus primarily on the Haikus. I found the metacognitions very tiresome, but I had to do them. It took quite a while for me to finish h this assignment, but it wasn’t that bad. 

 

 

Fall

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Silent and alone
Drifting forever
Is the fate of a fallen leaf

 

~ The Eternal Leaf

 

I used technique two which is two images and a cool twist, but this Haiku has a bit of a twist because I used two lines of action instead of images. I feel like these actions are very easy to picture, so I count them as images. I took inspiration from watching a lone leaf fall oside, and by how leaves seem to fall overall. They seem to float slowly and lazily. Even the slightest gust of wind can keep them afloat on the breeze.

 

Fall

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A unit that is one
Together on a journey
The birds fly

                                                                                                    

~Migration

 

I used technique three of expanding and narrowing for this poem. I was having trouble figuring out what to write about until a bird hit our window. I decided to write about what birds do in the fall: migrate.

 

Fall

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Speckled and scarred
The pumpkin sits
On the cutting board

 

~Orange Splatters

 

I used technique one with an image, action, and then a twist. I wanted one of my Haikus to have a bit of humor, so I decided to name this poem “Orange Splatters” to suggest the pumpkin’s fate.

 

Winter 

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A plague 
Creeps up oak
Fearing only the sun

 

~Frost

 

I kind of used technique one for this poem, but I put the twist or surprise in the title after the poem. I couldn’t decide where to put frost into the poem. I wanted to create a lot of suspense, so I ended up putting it in the title. I like watching the progress that frost makes during long stretches of cold weather. I thought it would be cool to put it in Haiku.

 

Winter

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Dark and silent
Long and mischievous 
The night lives on

 

~The Night

 

I used technique two with two lines of images for this Haiku. My images were only really adjectives, but I think it turned out pretty well. The earth is always continually spinning, so we always get night, and in winter night is at its longest, so I implied that this is winter, but it can be interpreted for any season.

 

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Blank and unknowing
Easily disturbed
Snow floats in the air

 

~Snow

 

I used technique three of broadening and narrowing for this poem. I like how vague it was at the beginning, and how it narrowed down at the end. It just snowed, so I had no trouble choosing the correct words for the first two lines.

 

Spring

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The world sings
As the cold retreats
And life repeats

 

~ The Cycle of Life

 

I used a variant of technique two with two lines of images, and instead did two of action. I stole most of the title from a song in The Lion King because I could hear my brother watching it from a floor above. I basically made the title before the poem itself but I think it turned out okay.

 

Spring

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Growing
Nearing the end
The buds burst into flowers

 

~Spring Buds

 

I used technique three of broadening and narrowing for this particular poem. I love watching the progress of buds during early spring, so nowhere better to write about it than a spring Haiku.

 

Spring

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Serene and still
Slowly shrinking
The puddle withers

 

~The Dying Puddle

 

I used technique one of an image, and action, and a twist. Spring is a wet season, so I used a puddle, but instead of frowning from the constant rain, this puddle was shrinking.

 

Summer

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Rivers trickling down
Dripping on the ground
The sweat flows

 

~Sweat

 

I used technique one of an image, an action, and a twist for this poem. I thought about the heat of summer and how I react to it. The most simple and obvious reaction to heat and sun is sweating, so that’s what I wrote about.

 

Summer

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Soft yet hard
Scalding
The sand shifts

 

~Inconsistent Sand

 

I used technique two of broadening and narrowing for this poem. I find that sand on the beach can be very inconsistent in its temperature and texture. I almost never interact with sand in any other season besides summer.

 

Summer

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Eternal and blinding
Bright and warm
The sun shines

 

~The Sun

 

I used technique two which is two lines of images then a twist. The summer is always characterized as hot, and what makes it hot is the sun. The sun is always around during the day no matter what season it is, so it is easy to write about.

Comments

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Colby

My favorite poem is your one about the sun. I like this poem because the sun feels amazing in the summer. Great job on this assignment.

Jacoby Garber

My favorite haiku was the one about the rivers flowing down your face. I also liked your haiku on the sun. All of your haikus were amazing!

Thomas Doherty

Great job on this
Dark and silent
Long and mischievous
The night lives on

~The Night
This was my favorite poem really went into detail and was great in general. Really like how you just didn’t say your name for every time you added a little spice.

Ethan

All of your poems were well thought out and well written, although one that stood out to me in particular would be the final haiku about the sun. I felt as though you’re were very straight forward in how you went about delivering your information which I enjoyed. Good work Evren.

Eston

My favorite haiku was the one about the shifting sands. You described it exactly how it feels and I could picture it in my mind. Very poggers

Max B

I love how you described frost as “a plague” in the winter haiku. I think that is very original and interesting. Your poems are very engaging and I really like how you show without telling.

Max

My favorite haiku was “Frost”, because it seems so ominous until you learn by the title that it’s just frost on a tree. You had good formatting and you made your metacognitions block quotes.

Zach Zipoli

My favorite poem of yours was the plague (the frost). I knew you were talking about frost because you said only fearing the sun, that was a great way of showing and not telling. Good format except your pictures are not centered which is an easy fix. Overall great stuff!

Charlie Hood

Formatting is excellent and so is the Haiku! My favorite Haiku is your second summer one, its a wise thought and can represent something going on in the readers life. I really like how much this does to paint a picture and describe the oddity of sand.

Jake Fahey

Great job! My favorite haiku was your second winter themed haiku for the reason how well it relates back to the theme that its supposed to fit into. I feel like the haiku flowed really well and the way it described the night worked really well. Great job overall

The Fenn Voice

Wow! You have some incredible haiku here--and mixing and matching techniques is fine, for you are right--all that really matters is the effect of the haiku on your readers. This is my favorite of yours:

Growing
Nearing the end
The buds burst into flowers

Awesome work!

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