Haiku Writing Time

According to the dictionary:

haiku |ˈhīˌkoō; ˌhīˈkoō| noun ( pl. same or -kus ) a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world.

Use primarily objective sensory description. Haiku are based on the five senses. They are about things you can experience, not your interpretation or analysis of those things. To do this effectively, it is good to rely on sensory description, and to use mostly objective rather than subjective words.

Write five or more Haiku’s from pictures found here.  You will turn your best one into a video haiku.

Haiku’s should focus on the senses: touch, taste, sound, smell, sight.

Sample Haiku Poems:

Haiku Poems, How To – from Phoenix Video

Examples of Haiku Poems

Basho Matsuo is known as the first great poet of Haiku. Remember that in translation, the moras won’t be the same as syllables. In Japanese, there are 5 moras in the first and third line, and 7 in the second, following the 5-7-5 structure of haiku. Here are three examples of his haiku poems:

An old silent pond…

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.

Autumn moonlight—

a worm digs silently

into the chestnut.

Lightning flash—

what I thought were faces

are plumes of pampas grass.

Here are three haiku from Kobayashi Issa:

O snail

Climb Mount Fuji,

But slowly, slowly!

Trusting the Buddha, good and bad,

I bid farewell

To the departing year.

Everything I touch

with tenderness, alas,

pricks like a bramble.

Three examples of the haiku of Yosa Buson are offered here:

A summer river being crossed

how pleasing

with sandals in my hands!

Light of the moon

Moves west, flowers’ shadows

Creep eastward.

In the moonlight,

The color and scent of the wisteria

Seems far away.

Natsume Soseki lived from 1867 – 1916.  He was a novelist and master of the haiku. Here are a couple of examples of his poems:

Over the wintry

forest, winds howl in  rage

with no leaves to blow.

The crow has flown away:

swaying in the evening sun,

a leafless tree.

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