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  • HaikuJapanese Poetry

  • What is Haiku?an ancient form of Japanese poetryhas 17 moras which are similar to syllablesusually has a kigo which is a reference to one of the seasonsare written in one vertical line of characters called kanji (Japanese words in calligraphy) usually focus on the natural world

  • Haiku used to be written by guys like these.

  • It would often look like this. The haiku is in the corner.

  • The haiku would often be illustrated.

  • Famous Examples

  • An old silent pond...A frog jumps into the pond,splash! Silence again. -Basho


  • This is the same poem written in kanji.

  • Over the wintryforest, winds howl in ragewith no leaves to blow. -Soseki

  • Modern HaikuNowadays, haikus can be written by anyone, about anything, though they still are often about nature.Usually haikus follow the rule of three lines, with the first line having 5 syllables, the second line 7, and the third line 5 again.

  • I am nobody:A red sinking autumn sunTook my name away. -Richard Wright

  • A few Kid Haikus

  • Notice how Ryan did his haiku to go along with his illustration?

  • I really like Mariels word choice in this poem! It goes so well with her drawing.

  • This is a Japanese example. Notice the syllables dont match up, as they use moras.

  • Now its YOUR turn!Were going to do whats called Who Am I? haikus.Rules: Have to be three lines, with 5/7/5 syllables.Cant tell in the poem what it is, just hintsHave to be about something everyone would recognize or easily know.

  • ExamplesHere is an example...can you guess?Green and speckled legs,Hop on logs and lily padsSplash in cool water.

  • In a pouch I grow,On a southern continent --Strange creatures I know.


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