Definition of a Haiku Poem : Definition of a Haiku Poem Haiku poems are poems with three lines that contain 5, 7, 5 moras or morae.
A mora, (singular form) comes from the Latin word for "linger, delay," is the minimal unit used in phonology that determines stress and timing. It is equal to a short syllable.
Haiku poems do not use metaphors or similes.
General Background : General Background Haiku poems were originally written in Japanese and then translated into English.
Normally, authors try to keep their poems around six seconds long (or said without taking a breath) & focus around nature, feelings, or experiences.
How to Write a Haiku Poem : How to Write a Haiku Poem First, focus on a topic dealing with nature, a feeling, or a touching and meaningful experience you’ve had.
Next, brainstorm key words that come to mind when you think of that topic.
After brainstorming key words, select words that you can use in phrases or short sentences, dealing with your topic, that will fit into the 5, 7, 5 morae (syllables).
An Example from The First Great Poet of Haiku : 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)
How this Haiku poem was broken down… : How this Haiku poem was broken down… An old silent pond… (5)
A frog jumps into the pond, (7)
splash! Silence again. (5)
Another Example… : Another Example… Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.
By, Natsume Soseki
The Charles Dickens of Japan
How this Haiku poem was broken down… : How this Haiku poem was broken down… Over the wintry (5)
forest, winds howl in rage (7)
with no leaves to blow. (5)