There are various forms of Haiku poetry. I am only going to discuss the style I use, which is How to write a Haiku Poem in English Form.
Four things to remember:
- You have three lines of poetry.
- 17 total syllables, some say sounds, in the 5/7/5 pattern.
- You normally tell two opposite images in the poem.
- Lines one and two should read as a complete sentence and lines two and three should read as a complete sentence.
Notice the word normally. You can have the poem be about aspects of the same thing, but normally you look at it from to different ways.
This is a very quick and not great example, but it shows you what I mean.
The tree is falling, (5 syllables)
Down among the river rocks, (7 syllables)
Fish bring forth new life. (5 syllables)
Lines one and two read as: The tree is falling down among the river rocks.
Lines two and three read as: Down among the river rocks, fish bring forth new life.
- The tree is falling and dying among the rocks of the river
- And fish are living and bring life among the rocks of the river
- Two opposite things happening.
Opposites are not a MUST, but are the true way of Haiku and add to the challenge. Do not let that prevent you from writing.
As Matsuo Bashō put it,
“The haiku that reveals seventy to
eighty percent of its subject is good.
Those that reveal fifty to sixty percent,
we never tire of.”
My Haiku reveals 100%.
The tree is falling,
Down among the river rocks,
Fish bring forth new life.
Can we take my first Haiku and make it fifty to sixty percent?
Life splinters apart,
Down among slippery mounds,
Life brings forth new life.
In this new version the same thing is said, but also leaves some interpretation to the reader, which in a way I like to do for the reader. Give the reader something they can connect with in their own way.
That is the basic way of doing the Haiku that I do. It is fun, challenging, and an art. I am not saying I am an artist, but I do believe those who can do it well are. I am still a finger painter in this world, but I enjoy staining my fingers in the ink.
For other types of Haiku click and read-Haiku, Tanka, and Haibun. It’s all poetry to me. Learn the difference.
To learn Freku, which I came up with, click and read-NEW FORM of Haiku & Poetry.
For examples of my own Haiku offerings click here and you will leave this page.
For a weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge I host which includes a Weekly Review of all Participants click here and you will leave this page. Once on the next page you will need to select the current week’s challenge.
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