Another Thought on Haiku

I woke this morning going ’round and ’round in my mind with a haiku:

Haiku Upon A Haiku Enigma

Why good ones have oft
Just seventeen syllables
But bad ones, always.

Which is a roundabout way of saying that bad haiku always have the least important detail religiously correct, a syllable count of seventeen, but ignore the more vital aspects―capturing a moment of wonder; expressing two thoughts, one general, one specific, with the fireworks at the end; having a rhythm that emulates breathing; evoking emotion, not describing it; and elegant word choice. See my earlier post, Part 4 of “Why You Can’t Write Haiku” for more desirable features of haiku.

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