Although the influence of recent-style poetry on Japanese kanshi is apparent as far back as Kaifusd, fewer than ten poems in that anthology fully meet recent-style prosodic criteria, and most are composed of pentasyllabic
the temporal structure of trisyllabic, tetrasyllabic and pentasyllabic
words has not been thoroughly analysed in previous research."
His topics are a brocade of words: theories of poetic imitation, the reciprocal origins of pentasyllabic
verse and of imitation poetry, impersonation and the art of authorship, echoing through the rafters: the afterlife of Jian'an, self-portrait as a sea anemone and other impersonations of Juan Yan, his allusive and illusive journeys, and pathways in obscurity: Jiang Yan and Ruan Ji.
(68) He then fends off claims by cultural chauvinists that the haiku really is only a variant of Chinese pentasyllabic
True, they drank too much tiger bone wine once and lay in a cart beneath a thin moon fondling freely according to code, Four Tones and Eight Faults, striving to balance level with rising , also departing , two poets at work, off-duty never, even his patterns of fingering touch pentasyllabic
, except in Chinese no word means poet , since why have a word for what none is not?
In fact, all but four of the 29 poems in Section A are written in alexandrines with flat rhyme (AABB ...): "Le Guitariste," heptasyllabic lines in quatrains; "Au Laurier," three decasyllabic and one pentasyllabic
line in each quatrain; "Consommation," alternate alexandrines and octosyllabic lines in flat rhyme; and "Les Demoiselles des chars," ten-line stanzas with three meters--8-12-10-12-8 8-8-12-8-12 and rhymed ABABC CDEDE (a strophic form of Banville's invention?).
In the second stanza, the pentasyllabic
measure of the first line is sustained in the second (note the internal rhyme 'turning'/'burning'), only to disintegrate the more quickly in lines 12-13, which, not surprisingly, together add up to an amphimacer.
A B B D E F G H (5 or 6 pentasyllabic
lines at most) A' B' C' D' or I J K L
In the following translation of the "Ode to Aphrodite" no attempt is made to reproduce the metric of the first three lines of each stanza, but a pentasyllabic
fourth line is used to suggest the adonic: Colorfully throned immortal Aphrodite daughter of Zeus, designer of deceptions, please do not, great queen, make me heartsick with grief now; but, hearing my words from afar and heeding them, come as you did before, driving your chariot from your father's palace all golden, with birds of beauty and swiftness speeding through heaven on racing wings and bringing you through the space of the sky over the dark earth.
The analysis focuses on the comparison of the syllable rhyme durations and duration ratios in trisyllabic, tetrasyllabic and pentasyllabic
In addition to pentasyllabic
verse, there are also some argumentative philosophical poems and a large number of very contemporary poems written mostly on social occasions.