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Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas


advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites


ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death


et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,


Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh


Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,


nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors


tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites


accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.


atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.



Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

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CHAPTER – I
Haiku
The Haiku is a short poem based on simplicity that uses sensory language to capture natural images. The Haiku is created around an implicit theme of seventeen syllables spread over a platform of three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables. When creating the Haiku, poets draw inspiration from the elements of nature, a moment of beauty or poignant experience. These elements truly define the Haiku. The Haiku requires that no capital letters or topics be assigned to its content. 
Japanese created the Haiku previously called the Kokku. The name was changed by the Japanese poet, Masaoka Shiki. The English Haiku was developed from that of the Japanese brand.  
Here are Haiku poems for students you read, enjoy, study the structure and write their own Haiku poems:  
1.         now open your eyes
            see the beauty around you
            gift nature gives
            that scenic picture
            it’s nature’s watering pool
            for tourists and me 
            that blue crystal sea
            is close to my cottage door
            and the ebbing tide

                        Date - January 2003     Form –Triple Haiku 
In your opinion, what idea you think the poet is projecting to the reader? 
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Base on your answer to the first question, what is the implicit theme in this poem? 
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 Senryu Poems
 The Senryu is named after the Japanese poet, Karai Senryu. This type of poem is similar to the Haiku in these important ways; it is a short poem that uses sensory language to capture human conditions. These images are created around an implicit theme just like what the Haiku does. Also its structure is similar to the Haiku in that it is made up of seventeen syllables spread over a platform of three lines. The first line has five syllables, the second line has seven syllables, and the third line has five syllables. It requires that no capital letters or topics be assigned to its content.
 The Senryu separates itself from the Haiku in this important way; the Haiku deals with the elements of nature whereas, the Senryu deals with human condition. Here are some Senryu poems for you to read, enjoy, study the structure and get students to write their own Haiku poems: 
1.         people out gamin
            like grasshoppers on cane-blades
            in stridulant prance 
            breeze in shack-shack trees
            on the Spring Garden highway
            bodies gyrating 
            folks in Oistin town
            like the noisy honey bees
            while fish churn in waves

                               Date - July 2003      Form - Triple-Senryu                               
In your opinion, what idea you think the poet is projecting to the reader? 
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Base on your answer to the first question, what is the implicit theme in this poem? 
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2.         the tribe of Maori
            marooned for days on shoreline
            watching the seabed

                        Date - July 2004     Form – Senryu
In your opinion, what idea you think the poet is projecting to the reader?
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Base on your answer to the first question, what is the implicit theme in this poem?
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 End of Chapter Notes

Implicit themes are used in Haiku and Senryu and for good reasons. Here are some suggestions for students to following when searching for the poem’s implicit theme. Students must have an understanding of what the words “implicit” and “theme” mean. 
1.         Read the poem shown below 
            assertive dinning
            chicken in hot pepper sauce
            asparagus and split-peas 
            mixed vegetables
            on plates left, right and center
            swim in mushroom sauce 
            vegetable stew
            no knives and forks cutlery
            just fine china ware 

                               Date - February 2007          Form – Haiku

2.         In your opinion, what idea you think the poet is projecting to the reader? 
3.         Base on your answer to the first question, what is the implicit theme in this poem? 
In responding to the question, students should: 
Formulate a definition for implicit theme. 
Find out why poets use implicit themes in some of their poems. 
Structure questions that need to be asked in order to find out what the poet is asking the reader to think about in poem. 
State how the reader extracts from the poem its idea and implicit theme. Bear in mind that idea is synonymous with topic, subject, thought and concept. 
Discuss the proper way to write an implicit theme extracted from a poem.
 During group’s presentation, you expect those students’ responses to show that:
An implicit theme is a poet‘s thought understood though not clearly or directly expressed in the poem. The Haiku poem relies on implicit themes couched in words spoken with brevity and simplicity to convey the message. Poets use implicit themes to draw readers into their thoughts in the conversation. 
The best way to probe deep into the poet’s mind requires reading the poem with a critical eye to find answers to the first question; “what idea does the poet what the reader to think about in the poem? The poem is read again and an answer is found – “the poet wants readers to think about the idea “tolerance”. The next question is asked, “What does the poet want the reader to consider in the idea “tolerance”? The answer is this; the poet wants the reader to consider that “tolerance is the acceptance of the differing views of others". 
The implicit theme is taken from the perceived notion of what the poet wants readers to consider; and in this scenario the poet wants readers to understand that “tolerance is about acceptance” and it is from this statement that the implicit theme is extracted. The implicit theme is always shown as a complete sentence and always includes at least one subject, so in this case the implicit theme is any one of these - “Tolerance accepts diversity”, “Tolerance accepts social inclusiveness” or “Tolerance accepts discrepancy”. Any answer the group gives is acceptable, so long it is substantiated by the interpretation of the poem’s imagery. 
Homework assignment

 Students read all the poems in Chapter I and fill in the blank lines at the bottom of each poem for teacher assessment.

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Anthem 1

Māori Version

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
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Ōna mano tāngata
Kiri whero, kiri mā,
Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire
Aotearoa

Tōna mana kia tū!
Tōna kaha kia ū;
Tōna rongo hei pakū
Ki te ao katoa
Aua rawa ngā whawhai
Ngā tutū e tata mai;
Kia tupu nui ai
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Ko te ao mārama;
Kia whiti tōna rā
Taiāwhio noa.
Ko te hae me te ngangau
Meinga kia kore kau;
Waiho i te rongo mau
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Kaua mōna whakamā;
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Aotearoa

English Version

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
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God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
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Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
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On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
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