Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Happy national poetry month! There are many forms of poetry, but one of the most notable and simple, yet complicated forms of poetry is Haiku. Maybe you’ve written a few in the past, maybe you haven’t, either way, we invite you to try your hand at it this month and share your poetic art with us!  

A Brief History  

Haiku in the English language came from a poetry form in Japan that stretches back hundreds and hundreds of years. The Haiku poetry form did not become prevalent in the United States until the 1950s. Currently, we have the journal, American Haiku, which was established in 1963, and the Haiku Society of America, which was founded in 1968. You can find more information about the history of Haiku poetry here.  

How to Write a Haiku  

A Haiku follows the structure of 5-7-5; this means that there are 5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 in the third and last line. You can use any words as long as your lines adhere to the 5-7-5 structure. Your Haiku poem does not have to rhyme, but it can if you want it to. Haiku poems are typically written in the present tense and some aim to describe everyday life and others can be made up of a single subject like a butterfly or bird.  

Examples that might inspire you:   

The Old Pond” by Matsuo Bashō 

An old silent pond  

A frog jumps into the pond— 

Splash! Silence again.  

 

Lines on a Skull” by Ravi Shankar  

life’s little, our heads 

sad. redeemed and wasting clay 

this chance. Be of use.  

 

Haiku [for you]” by Sonia Sanchez 

love between us is 

speech and breath. Loving you is 

a long river running.  

Make sure to check out, even more Haiku's here