What is a haiku?

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2016-10-05 23:47:14

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.


Beautiful flowers

Gleaming white and pink blossoms

The scent of heaven

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2017-07-26 05:40:36

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

independent haiku.

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

Kawahigashi Hekigoto:

  • 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

nature images

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


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