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Hail readers! I am happy to be here as guest editor for this new year edition. I have been continuing my study of Oriental and Asian Poetry and came across this interesting form recently: the YA DU. So, here I am with a peek at its magic!
Happy New Year! May your muses be good to you!
"And now we welcome the New Year, full ot things that have not been." Rilke
"What you seek is seeking you." Rumi
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year." Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Ya Du is one of the Southeast Asian poetry forms. It is a thematic poem dedicated to the seasons. It began in the 14th century and was based on Thailand romantic poems in Burma during its occupation by Thai. It had no strict form until Burmese independence. The Burmese borrowed the theme but created a different form with emotional and intellectual strengths.
The most famous Ya Du poets were court poets of the time Phyo and Nyo, as well as the famous Natshinnaung, king of Toungoo. He was a renowned poet, musician and military commander and lived from 1575 to 1613. He wrote all during his youth and many poems were dedicated to Princess Yaza Datu Kalyani. His themes were of love, nature and war and some of his Ya Du to describe infantry and the elephant troops. They appear to be based on his experiences as a young prince. Later in life, he focused on getting power for his kingdom.
The Ya Du form includes a seasonal theme and the emotions seasons evoke. Its attributes are:
Up to 3 stanzas of five lines
The first 4 lines have 4 syllables each;
the 5th line can have 5, 7, 9 or 11 syllables
It uses a climbing rhyme pattern within the lines, common in Southeast Asia poetry.
The last syllable of line 1 rhymes with the 3rd syllable of line 2, and the 2nd syllable of line 3
The last syllable of line3 rhymes with 3rd of line 4 and 2nd syllable of line 5 etc....
Lines 4 and 5 rhyme no matter the length of line 5.
x x x O
x x O x
x O x B
x x B C
x B x x C
Two stanza example: "A Cold Wind"
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