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A community for those who read, write and enjoy Sijo, the most popular of Korean poetry forms. Sijo share a common history with haiku and other Japanese forms. Sijo is a modern term for a Korean style of lyrical poetry, originally called tanga (literally, "short song"). The sijo strongly resembles Japanese haiku in having a strong foundation in nature in a short profound structure. Bucolic, metaphysical and astronomical themes are often explored. The lines average 14-16 syllables, for a total of 44-46. There is a pause in the middle of each line, so in English they are sometimes printed in six lines instead of three. Most poets follow these guidelines very closely although there are longer examples.
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Asian Poetry: The Korean Sijo Preview
— Go The Sijo is explained and illustrated with many poems from ancient masters as well as contemporary poets. These are the homepages of SIJO WEST, the English-language journal featuring this Korean poetry form.