The traditional Japanese form of hockey has found many followers in Europe and the Americas. Perhaps the authors working in this genre outside of Japan are even more in the Land of the Rising Suns themselves. The popularity of hockey among representatives of other cultures has very good reasons.
Haiku’s form seems simple and straightforward. This poem, consists of only three lines. The first and third lines in European tradition are written by pentalean, the middle line consists of seven syllables. In literary studies, hockey is believed to come from a more complex form of poetry, the tank, and the original and simpler verse.
The earliest examples of haiku date from the 16th century. These are mostly comic poems. The most famous authors of this period are Yamazaki Sokan and Arakida Moritake.
Matsuo Basho made a serious hockey genre, mainly writing landscape lyrics. In the next era, Japanese poets wrote hockey with various contents. They widely use folk poetry, historical sources and literature. Modern hockey in Europe is also extremely diverse in terms of plot and artistic methods, but the most interesting authors seek to preserve the features inherent in traditional Japanese poetry.
One of the main advantages of hockey is consistency. In three lines, a talented author can display a picture from life, as Japanese tradition dictates, and show his attitude to the world, while the final line is a conclusion, sometimes when paradoxically, from what is said in the first two parts.
Paradoxical conclusions can both clarify the picture drawn in the first two lines, and create comic effect. It is the author’s duty to master this technique to avoid conflicts over irreconcilable meanings.
Japanese culture is contemplation of its nature, and this characteristic of it is reflected in haiku. The creator of classic hockey paints a temporary picture, giving a slice of time. In the first two lines, he talked about what was happening here and now, right before his eyes. In the third line, he often gives a general feature of the phenomenon.