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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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