Oriente Museum (Orient Foundation)
What is haiku?
With Leonilda Alfarobinha
Wednesdays | 22 and 29 June
15.00 to 17.00
In haiku, each word must be placed in the right place. Haiku writing is an exemplary practice of debugging. But… what is haiku? What is evidence and what is mystery in this poetic form of Japanese origin? Haiku is beyond literature. It can be a way of life, a means of self-knowledge, a possibility for introspection and inner re-balance, a path to Nature.
Let’s get to know Japanese poetry better, read and interpret some classic and modern haiku poems to, in the end, try to experience writing in this poetic way.
Leonilda Alfarrobinha has a degree in Romance Philology and began studying Japanese language and culture in 1990. The haiku poetic form immediately attracted her attention. In 2003, she completed a postgraduate degree in General Oriental Studies and in 2007 she published a book of haikus in Portuguese, O Respirar das Flores. She has visited Japan several times and in 2015 she presented at the Catholic University a Master’s Dissertation entitled “To the Encounter of Nature through the Haiku Poetry of Matsuo Bashô”.
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