Haiku For You: a day in the life of a poet

Poems for everyday people, every day…

Traditional Haiku December 28, 2009

A Little History:

  • Dates from the 9th and 10th century
  • Opening lines (hokku) of a tanka
  • Gained popularity in the 17th century
  • Matsuo Basho (1644–1694)   considered the first great haiku poet and credited with its popularity
  • Recognized as its own independent form of poetry in the 19th century
  • Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902)   credited with the separation (and independence of) the hokku/haiku from the tanka

A Few Rules:

  • Seventeen syllables total
  • Adheres strictly to the 5-7-5 line format
  • No title
  • No rhyming
  • No punctuation
  • Captures a moment  inspired by nature

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