In celebration of National Poetry Month, the WaCC Ninja describes how to write haiku
- You may want to begin by recalling a quietly striking moment that you want to capture. Think of a haiku as a snapshot image of a feeling (this could also be a humorous moment, a tragic moment, anything you’d like).
- While haiku generally include some mention of the season, or some element of nature, you don’t necessarily have to follow this rule.
- The haiku derives its power from a combination of brevity, sensory details and/or images, and juxtaposition. The first part of the haiku should juxtapose the second, either by being grammatically distinct, or by introducing a new image. Just be sure that there isn’t too great a disparity between the first and second parts of the haiku.
- The traditional Japanese structure of haiku is a one line poem divided into three phases by the number of sounds, using a dash to separate the first part of the poem with the second. The English haiku is traditionally broken into 3 lines, based on the syllable count; 5 in the first line, 7 in the second line, and 5 in the third line. Regardless of the structure, the haiku is meant to be read within one breath.
- Here are some examples:
In the twilight rain
these brilliant-hued hibiscus –
A lovely sunset
Toward those short trees
We saw a hawk descending
On a day in spring.
Pink petals showers
the glowing upturned faces –
A new beginning
- To learn a little bit more: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5782
- Now try writing your own haiku!