Pride and Prejudice in Haiku

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The past several days I’ve been at the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Minneapolis, MN. Fascinating lectures, workshops—and even a ball! I was having so much fun I didn’t have time to post my haiku each day. So, in a whirl of syllables that take me to the end of September Heights, I present Pride and Prejudice in Haiku (using the last several days of prompts and reusing a few from earlier in the month).

It's the Netherfield Ball (aka 2013 JASNA AGM Ball)! Look at all the pretty Regency dresses. The men suit up nicely too.

It’s the Netherfield Ball (aka 2013 JASNA AGM Ball)!
Look at all the pretty Regency dresses! The men suit up nicely, too. 🙂

Den (25)

Mr. Bennet reads;

ignores his wife, daughters, and

financial planning.

Decision (9)

Darcy spurns Lizzie

at Meryton, then changes

his mind—her fine eyes.

Mother (29)

“I’m quite determined,

Mother!” Lizzie visits sick

Jane at Netherfield.

Gold (27)

Bingley, single man

possessing a good fortune,

wants Jane as his wife.

Silver (3)

At Netherfield ball,

Darcy and Lizzie fence—a

parry with each step.

Dread (17)

Mr. Collins asks

Lizzie, but marries Charlotte—

match made for Rosings.

Tradition (11)

Bingley wants to ask

Jane, but Darcy says no deal—

her poor connections!

Salt (26)

Mr. Darcy asks

Lizzie, puts salt in her wounds—

un-gentleman-like.

Pillow (28)

Wickham, Lydia

elope—Mrs. Bennet keeps

to her bed. Poor nerves!

Crooked (30)

Darcy exposes

Wickham’s character, saves poor

Lydia’s honor.

Dove (7)

Darcy reunites

Bingley and Jane; tries again

with Lizzie—success!

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Haiku Heights has been hosting The September Heights, a haiku-a-day challenge with a daily word prompt to be used as a theme and/or in the haiku. Click through to check out all the haiku.

I’m still catching up on reading the last few days of haiku, but I promise I’ll read every single one! Thanks for all the fun, haiku-friends!

Strive – September Heights – Day 24

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Harold Henderson’s

Introduction to Haiku

striving to improve!

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I recently started reading my grandmother’s copy of the 1958 classic An Introduction to Haiku by Harold G. Henderson. Now, I am something of a haiku neophyte, but those of you more experienced will no doubt recognize the name. This book may actually be from around 1958 (smells like it!)–that’s the only print date on it, and it cost all of $1.45 (goes for $15 today).

My grandmother’s last name is written on the front of the book (in her handwriting), and there are check marks by particular haiku, page numbers noted, and slips of paper inside. It could be she was making notes to remember her favorites, or she could have been choosing examples for a literature class (she was a college teacher).

I’m learning a lot from Harold and gaining a greater appreciation for the subtleties of haiku. It’s a good read–check it out.

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Haiku Heights is hosting The September Heights, a haiku-a-day challenge with a daily word prompt to be used as a theme and/or in the haiku. Day 24′s prompt is “strive.” Click through to check out more haiku or to add your own.

 

Clue – September Heights – Day 23

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River runs below

Sudden crack of ice     —fractals—

Bird tracks in wet snow

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Haiku Heights is hosting The September Heights, a haiku-a-day challenge with a daily word prompt to be used as a theme and/or in the haiku. Day 23′s prompt is “clue.” Click through to check out more haiku or to add your own.

Sunday – September Heights – Day 22

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Church bells peal:

No sleeping in today—

time for godly zeal!

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A Sunday haiku as promised to The Mother, who was on her way to church when she called this morning. (No sleeping in for me either, but only because I had to let the chickens out…)

Haiku Heights is hosting The September Heights, a haiku-a-day challenge with a daily word prompt to be used as a theme and/or in the haiku. Day 22′s prompt was indeed “Sunday.” Click through to check out more haiku or to add your own.

Black – September Heights – Day 21

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Two black chickens

hide in shadow—

sunlight lost each day.

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Haiku Heights is hosting The September Heights, a haiku-a-day challenge with a daily word prompt to be used as a theme and/or in the haiku. Day 21′s prompt was “black.” Click through to check out more haiku or to add your own.

Myth – September Heights – Day 20

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D’Aulaires’ art brought hope

from myth; hours with my comb–

where’s my golden hair?

Sif's Golden Hair

Sif’s Golden Hair

Growing up I loved D’Aulaires’ Norse Gods and Giants. Of course my favorite was “Sif’s Golden Hair” because my middle name is Sif. Sif has beautiful blond hair that Loki chops off one night. Sif’s husband, Thor, is furious and demands that Loki replace it, which he does—with real gold.

I never did give up on golden hair—but now I know enough to get it from my hairdresser, Michael!

(See those eyebrows on the second page? That’s my husband after taking a kerjillion photos to get the pose right. 🙂 Thanks, George!)

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Haiku Heights is hosting The September Heights, a haiku-a-day challenge with a daily word prompt to be used as a theme and/or in the haiku. Day 20′s prompt was “myth.” Click through to check out more haiku or to add your own.

Butter – September Heights – Day 19

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Soft yellow hide, hooves,

Bessie wouldn’t last an hour

in Iowa’s sun.

Butter Cow at Iowa State Fair

Butter Cow at Iowa State Fair

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Haiku Heights is hosting The September Heights, a haiku-a-day challenge with a daily word prompt to be used as a theme and/or in the haiku. Day 19′s prompt is “butter.” Click through to check out more haiku or to add your own.

Now, as an Iowa girl, I couldn’t help but write about the butter cow at the Iowa State Fair. Nope, not kidding. (Image courtesy of Iowa State Fair Image Library.)

Chirp – September Heights – Day 18

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Spankin’ hot new look—

can’t wait to see off-the-rack!

Fashionistas chirp.

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Haiku Heights is hosting The September Heights, a haiku-a-day challenge with a daily word prompt to be used as a theme and/or in the haiku. Day 18′s prompt is “chirp.” Click through to check out more haiku or to add your own. And to read more about “chirping fashionistas” check out this article.

Dread – September Heights – Day 17

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Virgo fades. Summer

solstice sleeps. Harvest moon wanes.

Long night approaches.

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Haiku Heights is hosting The September Heights, a haiku-a-day challenge with a daily word prompt to be used as a theme and/or in the haiku. Day 17′s prompt is “dread.” Click through to check out more haiku or to add your own.

Carnival – September Heights – Day 16

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Quiet fair night; spun

too long on the Octopus.

Carnie takes a puff.

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Haiku Heights is hosting The September Heights, a haiku-a-day challenge with a daily word prompt to be used as a theme and/or in the haiku. Day 16′s prompt is “carnival.” Click through to check out more haiku or to add your own.