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HAIKU. What is Haiku?. A form of poetry made popular in Japan, which has become appreciated around the world. Grew out of a writing game in which one person would write the first three lines and then another would write the last two lines. . What is Haiku about?.

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What is Haiku?

  • A form of poetry made popular in Japan, which has become appreciated around the world.

  • Grew out of a writing game in which one person would write the first three lines and then another would write the last two lines.


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What is Haiku about?

  • Haiku can describe anything, but are seldom complicated or hard to understand. Almost all Haiku has a dominant impression, or main idea, that appeals strongly to one of the five senses.

  • Nature is a predominant theme of Haiku.


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Haiku Structure

  • Exactly 17 syllables

  • 1st line five syllables

  • 2nd line seven syllables

  • 3rd line five syllables

  • Avoids similes and metaphors

  • Refers to a season of the year

  • Expresses a thought or feeling


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Haiku Master

  • One of the greatest Haiku poets was the Samurai, Basho (1644-1694).

  • To become a Samurai, Basho served a local lord who was fond of writing.

  • Basho learned the style of writing Haiku and under the name Sabo he traveled throughout Japan writing until his death.


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Example of Basho’s Work

This snowy morning

That black crow I hate so much

But he’s beautiful !

  • Use of nature-winter.

  • To use nature to express a mood is the heart of Haiku.

  • Black crow against snow-shows beauty and balance.


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The Seasonal Theme

  • Each haiku must contain a kigo, a season word, which indicates what season of the year the Haiku is set in.

  • Examples: blossoms would indicate spring

    snow-winter

    mosquitoes-summer

  • The seasonal word may not always be obvious, consider the theme of the poem.


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Conclusion

  • Japan is a country of many customs, ways of living, sounds, tastes, and Haiku.

  • Haiku is valued for their simplicity, openess, depth, and lightness.

    Clouds appear and bring

    to men a chance to rest from

    looking at the moon


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