Russell and Gene Doty:
A Comparison of Haiku
am studying the haiku author Timothy Russell, and in looking
for some haiku to compare to his works, I picked Nose to
Nose by the author Gene Doty. Reading this small book
I found that Dotys stile is very similar to Russells
and I picked three haiku of Dotys that are very similar
to three of Russells haiku.
from the ground
in the town cemetery
so many fireflies
rising from newly cut grass
Nose to Nose
of these haiku create a beautiful, peaceful image of fireflies
rising from the ground. Dotys begins with the word firefly
which gives us that visual of the glowing light right off
the bat. Then it fallows with rising from the newly
cut grass which is a great line. Doty and Russell both
use the word rising to describe the fireflies
coming up form the ground. I can almost see, and smell the
fresh cut grass, which is why this line is so good. Russell
begins with rising from the ground and leaves
the fireflies for the end of the haiku, which works very well.
This works well because with the middle line being in
the town cemetery, I read the first two lines I think
of the dead rising from the cemetery ground. This is kind
of humorous, and dark. When the last line is read, I get this
beautiful image of many fireflies rising up with their lights
glowing in the dark.
in the spiderweb
in the cats mouth
Nose to Nose
set of firefly haiku by Gene Doty and Timothy Russell. This
time it is not as pleasant, at least not for the fireflies.
In Dotys haiku, he begins with glow. I like
this because immediately I get an image of something glowing
in my head. Unlike the previous set, this time Russell begins
with firefly and ends with blinking which is very
similar to Dotys glow and has the same effect.
Both of these haiku convey the demise of a firefly, but Dotys
in the cats mouthi is more on the
humorous side whereas Russells in the spiderweb
is more somber. Both haiku are great, but I really enjoy Dotys.
I can just see the cat opening up its mouth and seeing the
yellow glowing juice on its tongue and teeth. That cant
be very tasty. It was the cats first firefly, and probably
to trim my nails
Brussels Sprout 10:3
I go out
to trim the hedge
Nose to Nose
of these are great and humorous haiku, or senryu. Both relate
hygiene with something from nature. I like the way Dotys
begins with clean-shaven I go out.
first you think this person has shaved to go out on the town
or out on a date. Then you read the last line to trim
the hedge which is very clever. Like in Russells
haiku, where the sliver of moon reminds the person of the
white crescent moon shapes on his/her long fingernails, it
seems as if this person shaving his face reminded him that
he needed to trim, or shave, the hedges. Russells
is very clever too. I like the phrase sliver of moon.
The word sliver is just a great word to use in this haiku
and it works so well in describing the moon and relating it
to the tips of fingernails.
Timothy Russel and Gene Doty have a similar approach to writing
haiku. They both write haiku that deal with seasons, nature,
and humor. Most of all, both authors write haiku about everyday
life, and the irony and humorous actions that occur.xxx