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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Haiku: What Is It?

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with me? Leave me your opinion.

Haiku, hi-coo, is poetry from
the Japanese culture.

Let's look at the classic form.
The poem is three lines. Five
syllables sit in line one, seven
syllables in line two, and five
syllables situate themselves in
the last line.

Traditionally, the theme is
centered on nature.

Originally, haiku poems did not

However, today's poet rhyme them,
use any theme, less syllables per
line, and reverse the form.

The focus of this post is on
the classic, traditional, form.

Write a haiku by narrowing
down one thought, mood,
or feeling. Pour-in words that
show clear mental pictures.

What are your thoughts on snow,
for example? Write down anything,
everything, you want to say in
your poems. Select the words
with vivid imagery.

Keep in mind the poem should
be three lines, and seventeen

Count the syllables as you
arrange your thoughts for

I suggest that you make a word
list by syllables.

Let's look closer at haiku poems.

Poem One

Line 1--5 syllables:
snow blankets the ground

Line 2--7 syllables:
layers it in white softness

Line 3--5 syllables:
black, silver, and gray

Poem Two
Line 1--5 syllables:
a storm manifests

Line 2--7 syllables:
trees bow to the howling wind

Line 3--5 syllables:
it calls to the rain

Stir-up your imagination with
haiku poems. Select descriptive
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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

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