Now we have the Sijo, a Korean form believed to have first been used in the fourteenth century. It is similar in structure to various Japanese forms such as Haiku. As with many forms of poetry, the Sijo became a preferred poetry form of the yangban or ruling class as well as royalty. They were written in Chinese and were originally short songs set to music. The focus of the Sijo is usually nature and contemplation. We’ll try that to begin with.
You should use the word in the title of this post as your inspiration as either a theme of the Sijo or in the poem itself, yield.
There are: Three Lines
14-16 syllables per line
A total of 44-46 syllables for the entire poem.
- The first line of the Sijo usually sets the theme.
- The second line elaborates on the first line.
- The third line brings the poem matter to a close.
Yield to a Hug
Why not yield to an offered feeling, it only takes a moment
Your body will rejoice this gift, of a loving embrace
You can keep this treasure with you, to endure coming storms