Saturday, November 19, 2011

Haiku: The Easiest Form of Poetry

Masaoka Shiki, 正岡子規(1867-1902)

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Anyone can master this type of poetry. It is written in three phrases with 5, seven and five syllables or equivalent of 17 syllables only. Others write it with 3, five and three syllables, then a poem is created!

Haiku was previously called Hokku. At the end of the 19th century Masaoka Shiki, who was a Japanese writer was the one who gave its name to Haiku. The main difference of Japanese Haiku with the English Haiku is the subject.

In Japanese traditional Haiku takes aspects of the natural world as their subject matter, while the English Haiku deals with any subject matter. Japanese Haiku is written in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 syllables.

(Haiku 1) Nature’s elements:

Animals, trees and mountains

Man, the highest form.

(Haiku 2) Ample oil spills

Pollute the sea and ocean

Death of birds and fish.

(Haiku 3) Illegal logging

Impels a mountain to plunge

And submerge vast land.

(Haiku 4) Filthy air we breathe

Destroys the environment

Too bad for our health.

(Haiku 5) Toxic chemicals:

Carbon, Methane and Ozone

Cause Global Warming.

Haiku is another type of poetry. Anyone can write it. Haiku poetry has no title. It depends on the theme or subject of the poem used by the author.

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