The Two 'K's of Haiku

The Two 'K's of Haiku

A Lesson by Dinesh Sairam

The major elements and essence of a haiku


                  A Haiku's entire essence is in two little techniques: Kiru (kijericutting, punctuation) and Kigo (seasonal word).

Kiru (Cutting)

     The technique of cutting is to happen between the juxtaposed images. "Kiru" or Cutting simply refers to the place where two imageries are split and there's a thinking gap for the reader. A Kiru is usually represented by a punctuation (, - ;). This allows the reader to think and guess the connection between the juxtaposed images and possible endings to the haiku.

Kigo (Seasonal Word)

     As the phrase itself explains, a seasonal word is a word that represents a season. On reading the word, the reader should immediately attain the feel of the season itself (There's a traditional list of Kigo given in the end). But just as how seasons vary from place to place, so do Kigo differ from country to country.

        To explain, the very notation of the word 'Rain' may denote the rainy season in hot places (close to the equator), but in other places, it may mean very little. Also evidently, some birds and trees are unique to some places and seasons alone. So, it is necessary to research a bit before choosing the seasonal word for a haiku.

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Dinesh Sairam
Dinesh Sairam

Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu, India

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