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.
- 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.