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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 Advertisements

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Why You Can’t Write Haiku, Part 6

Twenty Syllable Translations The extra budget in a twenty syllable haiku accommodates the wordiness of English, and the rhyme compensates, somewhat, for the lost Japanese poetic elements of the original. Some examples: The scene is almost set for Spring to … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Write Haiku, Part 5

Haiku as a purely Japanese form Within certain limitations and with some effort, almost anybody can write haiku. But the result, in my opinion, is not really haiku unless done in Japanese by someone at least moderately fluent in that … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Write Haiku, Part 4

What is true about haiku? A moment The intent of a haiku is to capture a moment of wonder, a time and place of intense awareness, usually one of beauty and harmony. The objective is to plunge the reader personally … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Write Haiku, Part 3

Continuing with misconceptions about haiku: 4. “They are easy to write.” As with any poetic form, it’s easier to write bad ones than good ones. Because they are short, haiku appear easy to write, but they are not. A respectable … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Write Haiku, Part 2

Whether you’re already writing haiku or not, you may learn a little from these posts. But maybe it would be better to unlearn a few things. Misconceptions about haiku The following misstatements concerning haiku may be found in various sources: … Continue reading

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Why You Can’t Write Haiku, Part 1

Now that I’ve got your attention, I’ll state that if you think you’re writing haiku, you probably are, of a sort. On the other hand, there is a spectrum of beliefs on what constitutes true haiku. At one end of … Continue reading

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Creative Writing & Haiku

If I were teaching creative writing, I’d start each semester with a unit on haiku. They are easy to grade, right? Just count syllables and deduct a point for every syllable over or under seventeen? Well, not exactly. They’re harder … Continue reading

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