Renku is a traditional parlour game from Japan where participants take it by turns to write a verse to add to a collaborative poem until everyone has had a turn.
This forum version will be a bit different as anyone can jump in at any time, but the basic concept will remain.
How to Play
What steps need I take to participate?
- Read the most recently written verse written by previous posters.
- Compose a single verse in whatever style of poetry you wish, which relates to the last verse.
- Make a note of the style or form of poetry you chose (haiku, abcb quatrain, heroic couplet, &c.).
- Optionally add a title, some comments, or whatever other paraphernalia you wish.
- Collect the four previous things together and post for the next person to continue!
Which posts can I base my verse on?
- Feel free to post a verse based on an earlier verse instead of the most recent, but please make note of such so that the other players know not to base their verse on yours.
- On the same tack, please don’t post continuations of your own verses unless you make it clear in the relevant posts that they’re not part of the game. Once another player responds, though, you can jump right back in!
- If you want to share a verse (or more) which was inspired by this thread but isn’t allowed by the rules, feel free as long as you make it clear it’s not the main game.
How creative can I be?
- Your verse can relate to the prior verse in many ways: as a continuation, a thematic tie, a contrast, a playful misinterpretation of, &c…
- If you choose a poetic form, such as haiku, which does not have an obviously correct translation into English, or a poetic form which is not well known (or your own creation), you are encouraged (though not required) to add details about the specific form you are using.
- A verse can be as short as a single line depending on what poetic form you’re using.
- Any poetry not in English should include an English translation so that the next person can continue in English.
Example Post Outline
[quote="foobar"] [previous verse] [/quote] > [new verse] [poetic form] [comments/random chat]