Happy International Haiku Poetry Day!

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April 17 – International Haiku Poetry Day

International Haiku Poetry Day!

Today is International Haiku Poetry Day!

Haiku is a short form of poetry that originated in Japan centuries ago with specific rules about topics and sound words, etc. Somehow, in English, the Japanese haiku was adopted as a poem of three lines with 5-7-5 syllables. Proponents of the form, writing in English, attempt to express a moment “keenly perceived,” in as few words as are necessary, so you may find haiku in 3 lines, two lines, or even one line, and, in as few as three words total! Contemporary haiku poets do not spend much time counting syllables, rather, they do their best to make sure the images they use are concise. Unfortunately, in elementary schools, haiku is taught more as a lesson in syllables than as the capturing of a moment.

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