Haiku poetry and metaphorical thought: An invitation to interdisciplinary study

Dawn Blasko, Dennis W. Merski

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

9 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Haiku, a Japanese form of short poetry, enjoys international popularity. The combination of simplicity of form and profoundness of meaning makes haiku an ideal topic for the interdisciplinary study of creativity. Haiku is unusual among poetic genres in that poets are cautioned to avoid the use of figurative language such as metaphor, which may obscure the expression of a simple perceptual truth. In the same breath, the poet is told that good haiku usually have two elements in tension that create in the reader a new insight - a definition that sounds remarkanbly like modern views of metaphor. In this article, we examine this interesting paradox and describe some preliminary data from an ongoing series of studies. We suggest that the negative view of metaphor often expressed by teachers and poets may be primarily definitional. Modern views of metaphor suggest that is much more than literary embellishment and, in fact, often speak of it as closely akin to perceptual processes. Unfortunately, this new perspective on figurative language has not been widely embraced by disciplines outside of cognitive science, largely because of an unfortunate lack of interdisciplinary communication. The puropose of this article is to begin just such a discussion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-46
Number of pages8
JournalCreativity Research Journal
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

Fingerprint

Interdisciplinary Studies
Poetry
Metaphor
Language
Interdisciplinary Communication
Cognitive Science
Creativity
Haiku
Thought
Poet

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)

Cite this

@article{383ef6763134430e8cb42a24af3e34fb,
title = "Haiku poetry and metaphorical thought: An invitation to interdisciplinary study",
abstract = "Haiku, a Japanese form of short poetry, enjoys international popularity. The combination of simplicity of form and profoundness of meaning makes haiku an ideal topic for the interdisciplinary study of creativity. Haiku is unusual among poetic genres in that poets are cautioned to avoid the use of figurative language such as metaphor, which may obscure the expression of a simple perceptual truth. In the same breath, the poet is told that good haiku usually have two elements in tension that create in the reader a new insight - a definition that sounds remarkanbly like modern views of metaphor. In this article, we examine this interesting paradox and describe some preliminary data from an ongoing series of studies. We suggest that the negative view of metaphor often expressed by teachers and poets may be primarily definitional. Modern views of metaphor suggest that is much more than literary embellishment and, in fact, often speak of it as closely akin to perceptual processes. Unfortunately, this new perspective on figurative language has not been widely embraced by disciplines outside of cognitive science, largely because of an unfortunate lack of interdisciplinary communication. The puropose of this article is to begin just such a discussion.",
author = "Dawn Blasko and Merski, {Dennis W.}",
year = "1998",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1207/s15326934crj1101_5",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "11",
pages = "39--46",
journal = "Creativity Research Journal",
issn = "1040-0419",
publisher = "Routledge",
number = "1",

}

Haiku poetry and metaphorical thought : An invitation to interdisciplinary study. / Blasko, Dawn; Merski, Dennis W.

In: Creativity Research Journal, Vol. 11, No. 1, 01.01.1998, p. 39-46.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Haiku poetry and metaphorical thought

T2 - An invitation to interdisciplinary study

AU - Blasko, Dawn

AU - Merski, Dennis W.

PY - 1998/1/1

Y1 - 1998/1/1

N2 - Haiku, a Japanese form of short poetry, enjoys international popularity. The combination of simplicity of form and profoundness of meaning makes haiku an ideal topic for the interdisciplinary study of creativity. Haiku is unusual among poetic genres in that poets are cautioned to avoid the use of figurative language such as metaphor, which may obscure the expression of a simple perceptual truth. In the same breath, the poet is told that good haiku usually have two elements in tension that create in the reader a new insight - a definition that sounds remarkanbly like modern views of metaphor. In this article, we examine this interesting paradox and describe some preliminary data from an ongoing series of studies. We suggest that the negative view of metaphor often expressed by teachers and poets may be primarily definitional. Modern views of metaphor suggest that is much more than literary embellishment and, in fact, often speak of it as closely akin to perceptual processes. Unfortunately, this new perspective on figurative language has not been widely embraced by disciplines outside of cognitive science, largely because of an unfortunate lack of interdisciplinary communication. The puropose of this article is to begin just such a discussion.

AB - Haiku, a Japanese form of short poetry, enjoys international popularity. The combination of simplicity of form and profoundness of meaning makes haiku an ideal topic for the interdisciplinary study of creativity. Haiku is unusual among poetic genres in that poets are cautioned to avoid the use of figurative language such as metaphor, which may obscure the expression of a simple perceptual truth. In the same breath, the poet is told that good haiku usually have two elements in tension that create in the reader a new insight - a definition that sounds remarkanbly like modern views of metaphor. In this article, we examine this interesting paradox and describe some preliminary data from an ongoing series of studies. We suggest that the negative view of metaphor often expressed by teachers and poets may be primarily definitional. Modern views of metaphor suggest that is much more than literary embellishment and, in fact, often speak of it as closely akin to perceptual processes. Unfortunately, this new perspective on figurative language has not been widely embraced by disciplines outside of cognitive science, largely because of an unfortunate lack of interdisciplinary communication. The puropose of this article is to begin just such a discussion.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=1042274606&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=1042274606&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1207/s15326934crj1101_5

DO - 10.1207/s15326934crj1101_5

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:1042274606

VL - 11

SP - 39

EP - 46

JO - Creativity Research Journal

JF - Creativity Research Journal

SN - 1040-0419

IS - 1

ER -