Poetry Challenge Week One – Western Haiku

The Western Haiku is a simplified version of a traditional Japanese poem, also known as hokko.

Length:

1 stanza.

Arrangement:

Stanza of 17 syllables in 3 lines.

1 line of 5 syllables
1 line of 7 syllables
1 line of 5 syllables
(5, 7, 5)

Content:

Traditionally, a haiku is observation or commentary on a single topic, often from two different and sometimes conflicting points of view.

Example:

The wind blows too strong
Unripe fruit falls from the trees
The mill grinds faster.

 

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