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Haiku - About Haikus

Everything you need to know about Haikus is here; including how to write a haiku, examples of haiku poems, and famous haiku poets, etc. Read articles and blogs on haiku poetry too.

See also: Haiku Syllable Counter | Haiku Poems and Poetry Website (External)

Haiku Definition

[n] an epigrammatic Japanese verse form of three short lines

A Japanese poem composed of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five moras (a unit of sound that determines syllable weight in some languages) respectively, usually about some form of nature. Although haiku poems are often stated to have 17 syllables,  this is inaccurate as syllables and moras are not the same. Haiku typically contain a kigo (seasonal reference), and a kireji (cutting word). In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line and tend to take aspects of the natural world as their subject matter, while haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku and may deal with any subject matter.

Examples of Haiku

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An example of classic hokku by Bashô:

an old pond—
the sound of a frog jumping
into water

Another Bashô classic:

the first cold shower;
even the monkey seems to want
a little coat of straw.

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