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Examples of Haiku


Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-07 12:58:58
Haiku is a poetic form and a type of poetry from the Japanese culture. Haiku combines form, content, and language in a meaningful, yet compact form. Haiku poets, which you will soon be, write about everyday things. Many themes include nature, feelings, or experiences.
Usually they use simple words and grammar.
The most common form for Haiku is three short lines. The first line usually contains five (5) syllables, the second line seven (7) syllables, and the third line contains five (5) syllables.
Haiku doesn"t rhyme.

Examples of Haiku:

The best-known Japanese haiku is Bashō"s "old pond":
furuike ya kawazu tobikomu mizu no oto

This separates into on as:
fu-ru-i-ke ya (5)
ka-wa-zu to-bi-ko-mu (7)
mi-zu no o-to (5)

old pond . . .
a frog leaps in
water’s sound

Two more haiku by Bashō:
fuji no kaze ya ōgi ni nosete Edo miyage

the wind of Mt. Fuji
I"ve brought on my fan!
a gift from Edo

hatsu shigure saru mo komino wo hoshige nari

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

This haiku by Issa illustrates that 17 Japanese moras do not always equate to 17 English syllables ("nan" counts as two moras and "nonda" as three.)

edo no ame nan goku nonda hototogisu

how many gallons
of Edo"s rain did you drink?

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