What is a haiku?
Haiku is a type of non rhyming poetry form invented by the
Japanese. Many haiku are inspired by seasons and nature. These
poems are composed of 17 syllables.
Gleaming white and pink blossoms
The scent of heaven
A haiku is a Japanese poem!
- One of the most important form of traditional Japanese poetry
haiku is, today, a 17-syllable verse form consisting of
three metrical units of 5, 7, and 5 syllables.
- There has been confusion between the three related terms
Haiku, Hokku and Haikai, since early days.
- Hokku literally means "starting verse", and was
the first starting link of a much longer chain of verses known as
- Because the hokku set the tone for the rest of the
poetic chain, it enjoyed a privileged position in haikai
poetry, and it was not uncommon for a poet to compose a
hokku by itself without following up with the rest of the
The creation of the term haiku came about largely through
the efforts of Masaoka Shiki, who began a reform of this
style of poetry in 1892 after which it became established as a new
form to be written, read and understood as an independent poem,
complete in itself, rather than part of a longer chain.
In the perspective of the history of haikai the famous
verses of such Edo-period (1600-1868) masters as Basho,
Yosa Buson, and Kobayashi Issa are properly referred
to as hokku even though they are now generally read as
The terms Classical Haiku and Modern Haiku are
used to distinguish between hokku and haiku.
Shiki's reform did not change two traditional elements of
- the division of 17 syllables into three groups of 5, 7, and 5
- the inclusion of a seasonal theme.
Shiki's reform was carried further with two proposals by
- Haiku would be truer to reality if there were no center of
interest in it.
- The importance of the poet's first impression, just as it was,
of subjects taken from daily life, and of local colour to create
Haikus are like this:
five, seven, five syllables
first line 5 syllables
second line 7 syllables
third line 5 syllables
A Haiku is an unrhyming verse form, conveying a complete image
or feeling in three lines of syllables, and are usually about
nature or natural things.
You can really make these poems about anything that you like.
The Japanese most of the time make them about seasons of the
A Haiku poem is a Japanese poetry form with the first line with
5 syllables and the second with 7 syllables and the third with 5