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My Metaphorical Haiku — Istanbul

Use the sound library from  ** soundtrack pro ** sound ideas ***,, or your own sounds…

Concept:  The idea of this assignment is to choose an object ( a food, a building, a product of Istanbul, etc. )  — And find metaphorical parrallels to the object and Istanbul.

What is a metaphor?

“The Philosophy of Rhetoric (1936), by I. A. Richards, reports that metaphor is in two parts: the tenor and the vehicle. The tenor is the subject to which attributes are ascribed. The vehicle is the subject whose attributes are borrowed. Other writers employ the general terms ground and figure to denote tenor and the vehicle. Consider the All the world’s a stage monologue from As You Like It:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances; — William ShakespeareAs You Like It, 2/7

In this metaphoric example, “the world” is compared to a stage, describing it with the attributes of “the stage”; “the world” is the tenor, and “a stage” is the vehicle; “men and women” is a secondary tenor, “players” is the secondary vehicle.

In cognitive linguistics, the terms target and source correspond to the terms tenor and vehicle. In this nomenclature, metaphors are named with the small-capital typographic convention TARGET IS SOURCE, and all-capitals when small-caps are unavailable; in this notation, the metaphor discussed above would be LIFE IS THEATRE. In a conceptual metaphor, the elements of an extended metaphor constitute the metaphor’s mapping — in the Shakespeare quotation above, exits would be mapped to “death” and entrances mapped to “birth”.” (Wikipedia – “metaphor” ).


Popular Metaphors:

A heart of stone (from Rebecca)
He has the heart of a lion
You are the sun in my sky
You are the light in my life
She is my East and my West, my compass.
You had better pull your socks up
Life is a mere dream, a fleeting shadow on a cloudy day.
Love is a lemon – either bitter of sweet (from Scott)
Drowning in the sea
Jumping for joy
Rolling in dough
Apple of my eye
It is raining cats and dogs
School is a gateway to adulthood
He slithered into town quietly so no one would notice when he dug his fangs in and slowly poisoned their minds.
Leaping with laughter – From Trinita


Turkish Coffee is Istanbul —

Istanbul’s individual grains slowly drip ( sound effects of water dripping) into a morning coffee — (sound effects of heavy rain) building to a cacophony of energy and emotion steaming to a fevered  pitch with each droplet blending with others into a sea of unified potential ( sound effects of the spoon connecting with the side of the coffee cup).

Istanbul’s flavor goes down warm to the throat and provides a brisk boost, with the slow ingestion of the day, Istanbul’s energy stays strong until the late hours of the evening….

What is a haiku?

Haiku (?? haikai verse?) About this sound listen (help·info), plural haiku, is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 moras (or on), in three metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 moras respectively.[1] Haiku typically contain a kigo, or seasonal reference, and a kireji or verbal caesura. In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line, while haiku in English usually appear in three lines, to parallel the three metrical phrases of Japanese haiku.[2] Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shikiat the end of the 19th century.” (Wikipdia “Haiku” )

How to Make a Haiku?

5 syllables first
7 next and 5 for the third
so simple you’ll cry

three lines in total
the first two set up for the
sweet resolution



turkish coffee boils

teaming streets of urgency

driving excitement

Haiku Poets:


— use atleast 2 pieces of found footage, pictures, video, animation, etc.

— record atleast two sound effects from the microphones in the lab or your personal camera…

— capture video with the lab’s or your personal camera and export to an editing computer — use the footage as b-roll to add to your narrative

— make sure you take this opportunity to begin learning how to edit (video and sound) don’t allow one of your members to occupy the editing equipment, you will want to know what your doing for later exercises… (ask questions to ozan, your group members, or your professor if you have any questions).

— make a video that is atleast 45 seconds and less than 2 minutes and 30 seconds

— export the video to a quicktime file and upload the content to the web.




poems —-

Kinetic Type