Jack Kerouac

(12 March 1922 - 21 October 1969 / Lowell, Massachusetts)

Haiku (The Taste...) - Poem by Jack Kerouac

The taste
of rain
—Why kneel?
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Form: Haiku

Comments about Haiku (The Taste...) by Jack Kerouac

  • Rookie - 0 Points Earl Grey (10/9/2015 12:05:00 AM)

    If Kerouac's haikus were 17 syllables, they would be less meaningful. Part of the beats' deal is that they were calling all of literary tradition into question. I'd be disappointed if he just followed the rules. I don't understand why we would even want to be form police for this kind of writing. Just let it be what it is, man. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 129 Points Mark Sak (9/1/2015 6:41:00 AM)

    Excuse my mistake I meant 17 syllables... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 129 Points Mark Sak (9/1/2015 6:39:00 AM)

    I totally agree with mohammed! ! ! ! 7 syllables or of the modern age 17 words... Just because it's jack Kerouac's poem doesn't make haiku! ! ! (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 129 Points Mark Sak (9/1/2015 6:42:00 AM)

    I'm sorry I meant to say 17 syllables...

  • Rookie - 45 Points Colleen Courtney (4/29/2014 8:34:00 AM)

    More wonderful haiku's from Kerouac! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 31,001 Points * Sunprincess * (4/29/2014 1:33:00 AM)

    .......I love rain poems....very nice.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,518 Points Herbert Guitang (4/27/2014 3:39:00 AM)

    Well done. Beautiful idea (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 31,001 Points * Sunprincess * (3/9/2014 8:08:00 PM)

    ........a beautiful write...and a wonderful theme.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jane Bergren (2/23/2013 9:27:00 AM)

    it is not nonsense mohammed~~the power is there but you are imprisoned by the anal retentive poetry crap someone told you, so you cannot feel it.i am sorry for you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jane Bergren (2/23/2013 9:24:00 AM)

    mohammed, open your mind.the rain is tears....why kneel refers to neal cassady, and also to why kneel to a useless god who does nothing to alleviate suffering that is, if there is a god (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Mohammad Akmal Nazir (7/16/2011 3:19:00 AM)

    It's an absolute nonsense in the name of haiku. A haiku contains 17 syllables while it has only 7. The structure is not correct. I'm surprised at the wit of people how it got 31 votes and also occupied a place in top 500 poems. It should be removed at once. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Earl Grey (10/8/2015 11:54:00 PM)

    The American Haiku is not exactly the Japanese
    Haiku. The Japanese Haiku is strictly disciplined
    to seventeen syllables but since the language
    structure is different I don't think American
    Haikus (short three-line poems intended to be
    completely packed with Void of Whole) should worry
    about syllables because American speech is
    something again...bursting to pop.

    Above all, a Haiku must be very simple and free
    of all poetic trickery and make a little picture
    and yet be as airy and graceful as a Vivaldi

    Jack Kerouac

  • Freshman - 984 Points Antonio Liao (1/24/2011 11:53:00 PM)

    the spirit of mysticism quest the logic of reason...its great and satisfying to
    ponder of what is the meaning of illusion...God bless...a 10 +++ (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,071 Points Smoky Hoss (10/25/2010 8:59:00 PM)

    Why grovel, when the greatest gifts of life are freely given from above, just accept them as they come to you. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nick Elleviator (1/26/2010 11:36:00 AM)

    I think it means that rain is just rain. No need to worship, just taste it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Danny Mccaslin (10/25/2009 4:01:00 PM)

    i dont understand it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Nasra Al Adawi (3/25/2005 8:22:00 AM)

    Very true...the taste of rain...How it makes you feel... (Report) Reply

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