National Poetry Month (1/30): Moby-Dick in 5-7-5

In 2010, I ran a series in April for National Poetry Month in which I reviewed a movie a day in haiku format.  It was kind of a weird hit — I’m still confused, frankly.  But a couple of people asked me if I’d consider doing it again this year and, well, SURE.

But this time, let’s do it with books.  I’ll try to stick with ones lots of people are likely familiar with, but I might throw in a few oddballs you may have missed as well.  Please feel free to contribute your own masterworks of poetry in the   comments (keep them on topic with the book of the day, though, please).  I’ll post my favorite reader contributions in May!

I missed yesterday, so I’ll do two today.  Let’s start with one of my all-time favorite novels, and then I’ll do a second this afternoon:

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (review)

What many don’t know:
This novel’s hilarious!
I [heart] Ishmael.


9 Responses to “National Poetry Month (1/30): Moby-Dick in 5-7-5”

  1. RogerBW Says:

    Challenge accepted!
    Though I will not comment on
    Books I have not read.

    The whale is a sign
    Or a symbol, so they say
    Never just a whale

  2. megwood Says:

    Yay, RogerBW! BONUS HAIKU:

    Want to learn how to
    Butcher a dead great white whale?
    See middle chapters.

    (Thanks for that, by the way, Herm. Very practical.)

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Moby Dick in love.
    Ahab can not recipro-
    cate. How very sad.

  4. megwood Says:

    Ooh, I dig that one, Anon. Thanks for playing along, everyone!

  5. Liz Says:

    It’s hilarious?
    I thought it was sad and weird
    Don’t like characters!

  6. megwood Says:

    (Wait, really? Sad and weird? And not hilarious? Did you read the same book? Ishmael is like the most sharply sardonic character I’ve ever encountered!)

  7. Doug Drfooms Says:

    I am anon. Could
    not log on as human.
    I’ll try as a whale.

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