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A Traditional Haiku-Poetic Form

Haiku is a poetic form that focuses on images from nature. A Haiku poem is written in three lines with 17 syllables. The syllable count is 5/7/5. When writing this form of poetry, the author emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and direct expression. Haiku has quite a long history that dates back to the 9th century and it originated in Japan. This Japanese art of poetry is known around the globe today. Here is an example of Haiku:

Shadows never speak Around the corner they peak Shadows follow me

The first English written Haiku poem was published in 1913. English Haiku follows the Japanese rules, but the rules are not quite as strict in the English form. In the English form, it is the syllables and subject matter that differs. Haiku poets were known across the world by the 21rst century. Romance-language haiku began in the 19th century.

Two hearts beat as one Your smile beaming like the sun You're my only one

Today, Haiku is written in many different languages other than Japanese that include English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Gujarati, and Estonian. Kaiku does not have to rhyme. Haiku artists or poets can invoke emotion with their words, and true inspiration to readers and other poets. Haiku can paint vivid pictures in the reader's mind. 

Digital learning platforms are available today for beginners who want to learn how to write Haiku. These apps make it really easy for teachers of Haiku to focus on student learning. Haiku is a way of looking at the physical world. Haiku poetry in English has been recognized since 1968 by the Haiku Society of America. This organization offers membership applications, yearly Haiku contests, educational resources for learning to write Haiku, Haiku definitions, newsletters and more. 

When you become known as a poet, then it is is wise that you know how to write poetry in a variety of forms and this includes Haiku.


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