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So What is Haiku Anyway?

Thursday, July 4, 2013


I have noticed that there is a Haiku Monday post somewhere—I have seen it on the Thursday Comment Hop and actually have attempted to write some myself. It is not as easy as it looks. But it got me thinking—what is Haiku exactly—so I looked it up and here is the definition I found in the Free Dictionary by Farlex

haiku (hī`k ), an unrhymed Japanese poem recording the essence of a moment keenly perceived, in which nature is linked to human nature. It usually consists of 17 jion (Japanese symbol-sounds). The term is also used for foreign adaptations of the haiku, notably the poems of the imagists
. These poems are usually written in three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. See senryu . I have included links to imagists and senryu since I had no idea what they were either!

The Miriam Webster dictionarydefines it like this

noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Unrhymed Japanese poetic form. It consists of 17 syllables arranged in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, respectively. The form expresses much and suggests more in the fewest possible words. It gained distinction in the 17th century, when Basho elevated it to a highly refined art. Haiku remains Japan's most popular poetic form and is widely imitated in English and other languages.

Here are 3 Haikus that I wrote just now—check and you will see that each 1st line has 5 syllables, each 2nd line has 7 syllables and each 3rd line has 5 syllables

When all around you
Pandemonium abounds
Seek the peace within

The morning is grey
The sunlight filtering through
Gentle goes the night

When all else fails you
And nobody is around
Look to your spirit

Now why don’t you try your hand at this—feel free to post your Haiku below if you wish, if not-no problem! And the best part—it does not have to rhyme!!

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Unknown said...

wow your haiku's are nice, I know about this way back in high school we are force to write poetry. I always like free style thing so it's hard to write something with sense and at the same time exact number of syllables.

Eat To Live said...

LOL.... I will leave the poetry to you. I can't write ... Period!!

I have seen a lot of the Haiku posts as well.... thanks for letting me know what the heck it was.

Sandy Cain said...

Miki's Hope is best
And a hot cup of coffee
For starting my day.

MikiHope said...

Thank you Sandy Cain!! That is really nice of you!! (good haiku)

Sandy Cain said...

How about a limerick?

There once was a blogger named Miki -
I found that she could be quite picky;
Each post is the most!
(though she doesn't boast)
She never writes anything icky!

MikiHope said...

It would take me a while to think up a really good one----so for now to save me from trying to rhyme--I'll stick to Hiaku--maybe another day I'll post about limericks! (after I've had LOTS of coffee)

Victoria said...

I love haiku. I remember experimenting with it myself in high school.

Rebecca said...

i love writing Haikus and i love joining in on haiku Mondays it is so much fun

Unknown said...

Haiku's are awesome! Yours are lovely. Can I write one of my own? Give me a few weeks... LOL.

Wishing you a lovely day.

April @Pixie Dust Savings said...

I remember writing them in high school. Fun times :)

Dawn said...

I remember trying to write these when in junior high. A LONG time ago and it was so hard.

Pam said...

You are very good at it! My Dad loves to write Haiku and is very good at it too.
Happy 4th everyone!

Christy Maurer said...

My kids have come up with some pretty funny ones in the past! Haiku is cool :)

Karen Greenberg said...

Haiku is really fun. I don't often write about nature, which the original Japanese poems were, but I try. I actually wrote a haiku post not too long ago. My haiku was about my husband's bipolar disorder and was written for a challenge.

Here it is:

You tried to steal him
But I wouldn’t let him go
We are stronger now

Sarah Bailey said...

I remember having to write haiku's at school - I was never very good. :).

Anonymous said...

I used to work with a gentleman that would write them and leave them on my desk. I never knew what they were until now. Never thought to look it up. I think you did great.

Ashley said...

We use to write these all the time in school.

Melinda Dunne said...

Great Haiku's! I will have to try to think of some so I can join in on Monday.

Unknown said...

The way to go MikiHope! You did a great job with the Haiku! I love the ones you wrote. I have tried writing poetry but never haiku. You have gotten me in the mood to try some. Thanks for this interesting and informative post.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I often wondered about Haiku but never got to look it up.

Unknown said...

I love Haiku's! My absolute favorite one is floating around Pinterest now. It's a 'some e cards' creation.
A Haiku and getting up in the morning:
no no no no no
no no no no no no no
no no no no no

Haaaaaa!!!! I think about this every morning!

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