My 1st kasa (or gasa)
I feel guilty. People live in terror, scared of COVID, wearing face masks. Pandemic, corona; bodies pile up. Numbers don't lie, as more die every day. But I'm just one man with a child; and I want her to thrive, grow up carefree, attend first grade. Normalcy is today's ~ new abnormal. Still... her future... I want her living free, as we did then.
Exploring the realm of Korean Literature
At d’Verse, we were instructed to either:
- Write a poem that’s loosely based on Korean folklore. You may opt to create a tale of your own in regard to a myth or legend you might have discovered, 0R
- Write a poem using the Poetic form “Kasa.” The choice of topic is entirely up to you.
Kasa (or Gasa)
The Kasa (song-words) tends to be much longer than other forms of Korean poetry and is usually written in balanced couplets. It is:
- Syllabic, 7-syllable lines broken by caesura into alternating groups of 3 and 4 syllables or 8 syllable lines broken by caesura into equal 4 syllable phrases. These options are guides with variables at the discretion of the poet;
- Strophic. Groups of variable numbers of lines as opposed to uniform stanzas;
- Content is described or exposed through parallels. This is the heart of the form;
- Written from unrequited love, patriotism, daily life, nostalgia, etc.