I’ve come again to reveal to you the wonders of poetry. In fact, not to gloat or anything, but I’ve just gotten another poem accepted for publication! Now, onto other matters because I’m working to get YOU all to become published poets. For today, let’s talk about HAIKU.
If y’all don’t know what a Haiku is, then I’ll explain.
A haiku is a Japanese poetry form. It uses just a few words to create a picture in the reader’s mind and is often meant to express something much greater than it might appear. Think of it as a tiny window that opens up to a scene much larger than itself.
A traditional haiku is written in three lines and follows the form : 5. 7. 5.
These numbers represent the number of syllables per line and are thus meant to be followed strictly.
A haiku is also meant to be written with aspects of nature. Here’s an example from the first great poet of Haiku :
An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.
by Basho Matsuo (1644-1694)
As you can see, the haiku above follows the five, seven, five rule and also speaks of nature or alludes to nature. Another example is this :
Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.
by Natsume Soseki (1275-1351)
Natsume is considered the Charles Dickens of Japan, and you can clearly see the similarity in the style of writing.
Both of these men are haiku poets, but I would like to challenge you all to write your own haikus! The next post I make, I’ll be sure to post my own haiku just for you all to see that it is possible.
So, that’s all for today’s post.