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What is a Haiku?. Haiku is an awakening of the spirit – away from technocratic rationality, away from the sophistication, attention-seeking and glitter. Back to basics. Our time is in need of simplicity. ~ Herman Van Rompuy , European Union President, haiku poet ~.

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Haiku is an awakening of the spirit – away from technocratic rationality,

away from the sophistication, attention-seeking and glitter. Back to basics.

Our time is in need of simplicity.

~ Herman Van Rompuy, European Union President, haiku poet ~

There are day to day miracles happening outside the classroom. Get kids into wild areas

where Nature does the teaching, affecting students in ways that stick with them for

the rest of their lives.

~ KarstenHeurer, explorer, wildlife biologist, author~

The way we see the world, shapes the way we treat it.

~ David Suzuki, Canadian environmentalist, educator, author~

haiku is
Haiku is…
  • More than a form of poetry
  • A way to read the text of the world by responding to nature, including human nature
  • Can teach us about the connections between ourselves & the environment
  • A moment of introspection
definition of haiku
Definition of Haiku
  • A haiku is a short poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience. It is what is happening in the “now.”
  • English haiku are traditionally written on three lines in a 5/7/5 pattern. These three lines are composed by juxtaposing two images together.
  • A haiku attempts to capture an “aha” moment. It is the moment, rather than the syllables, that matter most!
haiku samples traditional modern
Haiku Samples – Traditional & Modern

each time the wind blows

the butterfly finds a new home

on the willow

~Basho~

a face

in the darkness

cellphone glow

~Ruth Holzer~

first date

letting her

put snow down my neck

~Michael Dylan Welch~

lingering

in every pool of water

spring sunlight

~Issa~

cold moon –

three stalks of bamboo

among the withered trees

~Buson~

snow on black hoodies

the boys scarf back

lunch

~Pearl Pirie~

how to write haiku
How to write Haiku…
  • A haiku lets you express yourself in ways you never thought possible.
  • Most poets don’t use capital letters at the beginning of lines of haiku.
  • Haiku do not rhyme.
  • Show, don’t tell.
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A haiku is similar to a photograph, for it “freezes” a moment, yet there is a difference, it makes us see things in a way that we never thought of them before.

  • Haiku depends on the five senses – smell, taste, hear, touch, see.
  • Haiku consists mostly of two images put together to create harmony, contrast, emotions, depth.
haiku techniques
Haiku Techniques
  • Comparison
  • Contrast
  • Association
  • Mystery
  • Narrowing the Focus
  • The sketch
  • Focus on the senses
comparison
Comparison

a sky full of stars

how improbable

my parents would meet

~Robert Mainone~

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A “sky full of stars” is compared to the “meeting of parents” and the million-to-one chance of that happening.

The poet achieved an “aha” moment with the connection.

comparison exercises
Comparison Exercises
  • Use the poet’s first two lines, add a third line of your own.
  • Compose a haiku that compares two things you like.
  • Compose a haiku that compares two things you don’t like.

a sky full of stars

how improbable

my parents would meet

~Robert Mainone~

contrast
Contrast

Gelled hair

Perfectly in place

His anarchy t-shirt

~Angela Leuck~

The poet is contrasting the images of hair perfectly in place & a t-shirt that is advertising the idea of complete disorder.

The humour is found in juxtaposing these two opposing “styles.”

contrast exercises
Contrast Exercises
  • Use the poet’s first two lines, add a third line of your own.
  • Compose a haiku that contrasts your personality with a friend’s.
  • Compose a haiku that contrasts you with your mother/father/sibling.

Gelled hair

Perfectly in place

His anarchy t-shirt

~Angela Leuck~

association
Association

endless scales

on the neighbour’s flute –

my mother’s ironing

~Dorothy Howard~

The “endless scales” from the flute of the poet’s neighbour is reminding her the mother’s endless chore of ironing.

She associates the drudgery of scales practice with the drudgery of a household chore.

association exercises
Association Exercises
  • Using the poet’s model, compose a haiku that associates something you own with lyrics of a favorite song.
  • Compose a haiku that associates a particular place with the weather.
  • Compose a haiku that associates a mood with a school subject.

endless scales

on the neighbour’s flute –

my mother’s ironing

~Dorothy Howard~

mystery
Mystery

summer afternoon…

the first drops of rain

on my bare feet

~Stanford M. Forrester~

A moment that takes your breath away.

Feeling that first drop of rain, happy to be alive, outdoors, on a summer’s day.

The poet is happy to be a part of the mystery of nature & life – the poet is refreshed by nature.

grant d savage s season haikus autumn
Grant D. Savage’s Season Haikus - AUTUMN

silent woods

my fart

flushes a grouse

no snow yet

trying to make angels

in the leaf piles

early morning pond

reflected in the stillness

everything

dull evening

the only sunset

autumn leaves

goldenrod fading

at the edge of the woods

a doe pauses

wet dog smell

the old newf sleeps unaware

of the passing geese

grant d savage s season haikus winter
Grant D. Savage’s Season Haikus - WINTER

winter wind

a leaf rattles through

the waterfall’s silence

first snow

the cat followed everywhere

by its footprints

unmelted

in the dead fox’s fur

first snow

psych ward

moonlight climbs

the walls

patches of snow

moonlight bounds away

on a buck’s tail

grey evening

only an owl’s hoot

marks day from night

grant d savage s season haikus spring
Grant D. Savage’s Season Haikus - SPRING

late afternoon

tulips fill with shadows

of themselves

spring rain

finding myself

on her to do list

spring comes

to the old jalopy

brand new…rust

haze –

the distant hills

shape the afternoon

from reed to reed

a blackbird follows

it’s song

approaching storm

showers me

with white blossoms

grant d savage s season haikus summer
Grant D. Savage’s Season Haikus - SUMMER

light in the wings

of the shadow

of a dragonfly

bright morning

left clinging to a reed

dragonfly’s old self

releasing a bass

its cool into

the river’s cool

hiss of rain

onions sizzle

as they hit the pan

a red letter day

both rabbit and groundhog

eating my weeds

night of no moon

now and then a ripple

of loon laughter

mystery exercises
Mystery Exercises
  • Using the poet’s first line, compose two new lines to express an “ordinary” event from everyday life that might take place on a summer’s day.
  • Write a haiku about the natural world, remembering moments from the seasons.

SPRING: blossoms, tadpoles, April Fool’s day

SUMMER: mosquitos, fly swatter, fireworks

AUTUMN: heat wave, pumpkins, falling leaves, harvest moon

WINTER: frost, hail, icicles, New Year’s Day

summer afternoon…

the first drops of rain

on my bare feet

~Stanford M. Forrester~

narrowing the focus
Narrowing the focus

in the meadow

the cow’s lips

wet with grass

~Penny Harter~

Writing with an ‘artist’s eye.’

Start with a wide angle lens on the first line, switch to a normal lens for the second line, & zoom in for a close up in the third line.

narrowing the focus exercises
Narrowing the focus Exercises
  • Use the wide angle lens technique to compose a haiku about a city street, a lake in the woods, your own backyard. Start wide & gradually focus on one object.

in the meadow

the cow’s lips

wet with grass

~Penny Harter~

narrowing the focus exercises1
Narrowing the focus Exercises
  • Conversely, begin with a small image & move outward.

tattoed neck

of the stranger next to me

bridge graffiti

~Terry Ann Carter~

the sketch
The sketch

on the bus

the teenage pulls out a mirror

and adjusts her pout

~George Swede~

Writing simply what catches your eye (often with a little humour).

The poet is not contrasting images or comparing images or associating images.

There is no seasonal word.

the sketch exercises
The sketch Exercises
  • Sketch a scene from the classroom, your dining room, the ride on the bus.

on the bus

the teenage pulls out a mirror

and adjusts her pout

~George Swede~

focus on the senses
Focus on the senses

koi

nibbling

my copper wish

~Elizabeth Hetherington~

up a tree

among the green apples

girl in a red sari

~Angela Leuck~

metallic taste

the cold steam spills

from my hand

~Jenny Zhang~

shifting shadows

deep in the hills

a dog barks

~Allison McCrossen~

autumn fog

the squeaking brakes

of a school bus

~Elizabeth Hetherington~

Sensory details: taste, touch, sight, sound & smell.

focus on the senses exercises
Focus on the senses Exercises
  • Review the example haiku for sensory detail: a metallic taste, a barking dog, the girl in the red sari & the squeaking brakes.
  • Brainstorm ideas for a particular theme (seasons, times of day, different landscapes) by listing details from all 5 senses.
  • Collaborate on a haiku with a partner using the items from the lists you both made.