Expressing the Shapeless

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The succinct art of Haiku, a form of Japanese poetry, exemplifies the Japanese culture’s deep love of aesthetics, nature, art, and philosophy. To investigate this art form, New Acropolis (Main Centre) hosted an interactive talk titled “Haiku: Wisdom in Simplicity on 29 September 2018.

The lecture explored how despite using just a minimal number of syllables the Haiku is able to capture a deep sentiment that is simple yet refined. It was explained that by avoiding emotional expression, the author is able to transcend subjectivity to portray the essence of a subject. 

Just as the artist seeks to give form to a formless idea in composing Haiku, we too can try to become “artists” in our own right by raising our consciousness to harmonize with the invisible laws of life, by expressing them in tangible form in the way we choose to live our lives; with beauty, courtesy, simplicity and objectivity. 

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