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Lune: the American Haiku


Lune: the American Haiku
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.14

     challenging words:    greyhound, lune, lunes, aesthetics, poetic, better, numerous, literature, poet, incorporate, professor, syllable, poetry, variation, crescent, fiction
     content words:    Robert Kelly, Bard College, New York, Jack Collom, Naropa University

Lune: the American Haiku
By Brenda B. Covert

1     The lune (rhymes with moon) is a very short poem. It's similar to the popular haiku form of poetry. While a haiku follows a 5/7/5 syllable pattern, the lune's syllable pattern is 5/3/5. Typically, since the middle line is restricted to three syllables, it is the shortest line of the three. This gives the lune a curve on the ends similar to a crescent moon.
2     Here is an example:

Books, papers, notes, pens
What a mess
Lies piled on my desk
3     The lune was invented by poet Robert Kelly in the 1960s. Kelly has been a professor of literature at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, since 1986. He is the author of numerous poems and short fiction. When he invented the lune, he wanted poets to have freedom of choice. Therefore, the lune can be about anything, unlike the haiku, which is expected to be about nature.

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