Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Haiku

I follow #Haiku on Twitter. People all over the world contribute their thoughts and experiences through short 3 line poems using syllable structure:  5-7-5. Haikus are originally Japanese and they are both easy and offer wonderful insights into our human experience. They can be about anything (traditionally they have a nature theme). Haikus often have a juxtaposition of two ideas or images (juxtaposition is the placing of two things close together for effect.
Here are two EXAMPLES: 

My lips long / For the wetness of your touch / My dreams run dry (from Sahrazad528- Twitter)

Notice the contrast between wet and dry and how the dryness implies loss. Also notice that she didn't follow the syllable structure. Here is another. What is the juxtaposition?

Bird song signals dawn /Crickets chirp, cicada's whirl / Nature is noisy! (from josepf Twitter)

Here are some links:

Wikipedia (3 qualities of a haiku)

A good resource on Hakius with some famous Japanese poet masters.

Keep a journal of your haikus. Post your best ones on your blog. You could add a picture for effect- or make a poster with the haiku on the image. Use creative commons for copyright safety.

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