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
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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