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Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
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the water does not try
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  #107 New 03-24-2012 09:23 AM
crak!
Roy Lichtenstein by rocor



They are Ghouls:
And their king it is who tolls;
And he rolls, rolls, rolls,
Rolls

Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells

On a roof stand the swallows ranged in wistful waiting rows,
Till they arrow off and drop like stones

Thomas Hardy, On Sturminster Foot-bridge

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days

John Masefield, Cargoes

And dark in the dark old inn-yard a stable-wicket creaked
Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman

A sound in my head that I can't describe
It's sort of whack, whir, wheeze, whine
Sputter, splat, squirt, scrape
Clink, clank, clunk, clatter
Crash, bang, beep, buzz
Ring, rip, roar, retch
Twang, toot, tinkle, thud
Pop, plop, plunk, pow
Snort, snuk, sniff, smack
Screech, splash, squish, squeek
Jingle, rattle, squeel, boing
Honk, hoot, hack, belch

Todd Rundgren, Onomatopoeia



This pop-art painting by Roy Lichtenstein is done like a panel of a DC comic. The word Crak! sounds like its meaning - a rifle firing. That is called onomatopoeia.

In English we use onomatopoeia in music lyrics - like in Splish Splash (I was taking a bath) by Bobby Darin. And in poetry. From Shakespeare to e e cummings. And of course in comics!

But onomatopoeia, ideophones and mimetic words - including words for more abstract concepts that don't have a sound - are very, very important in normal Japanese speaking and writing. Many of these words are made by reduplication - that sounds like a tautology but it means with repeating sounds - like bye-bye in English.

There are some glossaries in the links below but here are a few examples. Doki-doki means your heart is beating fast with excitement. Toki-doki means sometimes. Niko-niko means smiling. There are even some double reduplications(!). Kenken-gogo means an uproar. Kankan-gakugaku means a frank argument.

In the Japanese illustration of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu BA is the sound of the air during the technique.

But maybe the best example for budo is giri-giri. At the limit. The last possible moment.

Niall


Morihei Ueshiba meets Sokaku Takeda from Aikido Sangenkai



http://www.online-literature.com/poe/575/
Edgar Allan Poe, The Bells (so that's where the name rock 'n' roll came from…)
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/10031
Edgar Allan Poe, The Complete Poetical Works free e-book

http://www.poetryatlas.com/poetry/po...ot-bridge.html
Thomas Hardy, On Sturminster Foot-bridge
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3255
Thomas Hardy, Moments of Vision and Miscellaneous Verses free e-book

http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/cargoes/
John Masefield, Cargoes
http://archive.org/details/saltwaterballads00maserich
John Masefield, Saltwater Ballads free e-book

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Highwayman_(Noyes)
Alfred Noyes, The Highwayman
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30501
Alfred Noyes, Collected Poems free e-book

http://www.famouspoetsandpoems.com/p...oems/1715.html
William Shakespeare, Winter, from Love's Labour's Lost

http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/10068/
e e cummings, hist whist


background articles
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Lichtenstein
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onomatopoeia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideophone
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduplication
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_sound_symbolism
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimetic
http://japanese.about.com/blgitaigo.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokuon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bells
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diacope
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-l..._onomatopoeias

onomatopoia in Japanese
http://thejadednetwork.com/sfx/
http://www.nihongoresources.com/dict...matopoeia.html
http://englishpatterns.com/community/1115

onomatopoeia in French
http://www.dr-belair.com/dic/Enterta...matopoeias.htm

Bobby Darin, Splish Splash on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KmKkV3ddAo

Todd Rundgren, Onomatopoeia on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSPQfz_Tyd8

Main photo: Roy Lichtenstein by rocor
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rocor/6040370460/
photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rocor/with/6040370460/

Daito-ryu illustration: scan from Ueshiba Morihei Monogatari on the Aikido Sangenkai of Hawaii website
http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/zenph...ba-monogatari/
http://www.aikidosangenkai.org/


my home page with a mirror of these blog posts plus posts not related to martial arts: mooninthewater.net/aikido


my columns on aikiweb:
http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/forumd...all%20Matthews


I have an essay in a charity e-book put together by some writers and photographers to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku on 11 March 2011. It costs $9.99.



© niall matthews 2012
Views: 1845 | Comments: 3


RSS Feed 3 Responses to "crak!"
#3 03-31-2012 11:15 AM
niall Says:
Hey Billy. Yes I agree with you about Guinness in Ireland. They had those special cans that tried to reproduce the creaminess but they didn't catch on in Japan. They do have black beer though. And brown. But mostly gold.
#2 03-28-2012 06:55 AM
Makochan Says:
Hi Niall; I liked this blog very much epically the art and the quotes, but did not have any interesting or witty comment to make. I have been waiting for someone to respond to your blog and was pleased to see your addition of the craic and would like to say "only drink Guinness in Ireland". Best Billy
#1 03-27-2012 11:18 PM
niall Says:
I didn't think of this before but it came up in a comment on my blog: in Irish the craic which apparently came from Middle English crak! is a great time with your friends or large extended family. Which might involve music. And possibly Guinness.
 




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