What are Haiku poems are generally about?
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How is a haiku different from other ordinary poems?
In what part of Japan did Haiku poems originate?
Masaoka Shiki is generally regarded as the major figure in the development of Haiku poetry. In the 1890's he broke the hokku from the tanka, enabling it to stand as its own poetic form. This independence marks the birth of the haiku and many scholars only consider a writer as a haiku poet if the work was written after Shiki's reform. As Shiki lived and wrote in Matsuyama, it's probable that Matsuyama is where haiku originated.