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I’ve often wondered what a Haiku is. I’ve have heard of Haiku before and knew it was some kind of poetry, but I didn’t know exactly what it is. I don’t really read poetry either.

So what is a Haiku?

A Haiku is a very short Japanese poem and can also be known as a Hokku.

In Japanese, it is traditionally published in a vertical line.

A Haiku is similar to a Tanka poem but has fewer lines. It is a type of poetry that can include lots of different themes but often has a nature theme.

A Haiku consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables. Each line has a set number of syllables.

For example:

  • Line 1 – 5 syllables
  • Line 2 – 7 syllables
  • Line 3 – 5 syllables

Example of a Haiku:

(5) The sky is so blue. (7) The sun is so warm up high. (5) I love the summer.

Haiku poems don’t have to rhyme, but some poets like the challenge of trying to rhyme, three lines.

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