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Unformatted text preview: MCB 61 Homework Assignment #4 - Spring 2008 Brain, Mind, and Behavior Haiku Composition two topics of importance in this class, and in the fields of cognitive science and neuroscience in general, are perception and language a primary goal of the poetic form called haiku is to convey a vivid perceptual image using a minimum of language haiku have been described as "little drops of poetic essence" (fb) (initials in parentheses refer to the reference texts listed on page 7) haiku stem from the old tradition (at least 800 years old) of Japanese poetic form called renga renga literally means linked songs or linked verses renga are interlocking chains of 3 lines (triplets) containing 17 syllables (5-7-5) and 2 lines containing 14 syllables (7-7) poets, often working in groups, improvised connecting stanzas to create long poems, sometimes consisting of thousands of verses about 350 years ago, the opening 5-7-5 stanza of renga, called hokku, or starting verse, became an independent, stand-alone form of poetry this form was developed to a high art by Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) such a 3-line verse is now called by the name haiku traditional Japanese haiku are composed of 3 lines of verse, often containing, respectively, 5, 7, and 5 Japanese sounds called onji onji are akin to English-language phonemes, which are shorter than syllables the 5-7-5 Japanese onji tradition has been carried over into English such that some define English-language haiku as 3 lines of 5-7-5 English syllables writing haiku in English with 3 lines having 5-7-5 syllables is, indeed, a nice structure to follow it is also fine to use fewer syllables than the 5-7-5 form traditional Japanese haiku often contain direct or indirect reference to a season another form of 3-line verse not containing seasonal reference is sometimes called senryu, after Karai Senryu (1718-1790) many authors make no distinction between haiku and senryu your assignment for this homework will be to compose three haiku on the general topic of brain, mind, and behavior for this assignment, there is no requirement of reference to a season details of the assignment are given on page 8 MCB 61 Haiku Assignment UC Berkeley Spring 2008 - 1 but first, some examples of haiku to enjoy!...
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This note was uploaded on 08/01/2008 for the course MCB 61 taught by Professor Presti during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.
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