Haiku is the world’s shortest poetry form. It has 17 syllables, arranged in three
Leaving out the words is also important to bring out the point clearly. The readers have to give full play to their imagination and read into what the poet wants to show in the 17 syllables.
Every haiku has to contain a word symbolizing a season of the year. For example, “firefly” is one of the
words of summer. When a reader see
this word in a haiku poem, he or she
can picture the scene of a summer evening with some fireflies by a clean
stream. Readers have to be aware of
this feature of haiku to appreciate
it fully. As
In the 17th century, haiku was perfected by a poet named Basho Matsuo. He travelled in Tohoku region and compiled a collection of poems, “Oku no hosomichi”, or “Journey of narrow path to the inner part”. Here is one of his works;
Furuike ya (An old pond)
kawazu tobikomu (a frog jumps in)
mizu no oto (sound of the water)
When you read it aloud, you will hear the pleasant
Haiku is not only something that great poets can write. Everyone can enjoy this art by putting his or her impression in 17 syllables. Many people enjoy haiku poetry in clubs or on the internet, where each member is a poet, a reader and a critic. Express yourself in 17 syllables and you too can be a poet!