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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.

Haiku Poems by Category

Adventure America Angel Angst Animal Anniversary April
Art Autumn Baby Baptism Baseball Beach Beautiful
Beauty Bird Birthday Blue Boyfriend Brother Business
Butterfly Cat Child Childhood Children Christian Christmas
Confusion Courage Dad Dance Dark Daughter Death
December Dedication Depression Devotion Dog Dream Easter
Education Faith Family Farewell Father Fear Flower
Food Football Forgiveness Freedom Friendship Funeral Funny
Girl Girlfriend God Goodbye Graduation Grandfather Grandmother
Grief Haiku Halloween Happiness Happy Hate Health
Heaven History Hockey Holiday Holocaust Home Hope
Horse Humorous Husband Imagination Inspiration Inspirational Introspection
January Jesus Journey Life Lonely Loss Lost
Love Lyric Marriage Memory Metaphor Miracle Mom
Moon Mother Music Mystery Name Nature Nostalgia
Ocean Pain Passion Patriotic Peace People Pets
Philosophy Places Political Prayer Rain Relationship Religion
Retirement Romance Romantic Rose Sad School Science
Sea Seasons Sex Sister Snow Soldier Son
Song Sorrow Sorry Spiritual Sports Spring Star
Stress Success Suicide Summer Sympathy Teacher Teen
Thank you Thanksgiving Time Tree Tribute Uplifting War
Water Wedding Wife Winter Woman Women Work
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