Haiku

Below is a list of the haiku submitted to-date:

See Submissions to submit your haiku (5-7-5) poem.

A Haiku, Wikipedia explains, is…

Haiku is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterised by three qualities:

  • The essence of haiku is “cutting” (kiru). This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji (“cutting word”) between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively. Any one of the three phrases may end with the kireji. Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables, this is inaccurate as syllables and on are not the same.
  • kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words.

Modern Japanese haiku (現代俳句 gendai-haiku?) are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject, but the use of juxtaposition continues to be honoured in both traditional and modern haiku. There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.

In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.

Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.

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NB. They should be reasonably family-friendly, not overtly gruesome or sexual. 🙂

Once accepted, it will be published on the home page with links here (your name, poem title, line count).

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5 responses to “Haiku

  1. Pingback: Poetry Writing Exercises 022: Tuesday 5th February | Morgen's Online Poetry Writing Group

  2. I heard of an online group specifically for haiku that a friend belongs to. I clicked here for haiku submitted to date for critique and find ONLY ONE? And it was last year? The haiku was OK, the coffee cup cheapens it.

  3. Hello! I wonder if it would be acceptable for me to post information about a Haiku writing course we’re running at the Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre in North Wales, UK? Thanks.

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