What is a Haiku?

What is a Haiku?

A Lesson by Quill

In this lesson,we are going to learn what is a haiku,see some examples and know some great Haiku poets.


Haiku is a short Japanese poem consisting of seventeen syllables,5-7-5 in each line.It involves comparison,metaphor and imagery to a great extent.It is usually written about nature,changes in surroundings and seasons or daily life occurings.Your simile needs to be very strong,for in a Haiku,you can't just jot down your feelings on the paper,you have compare them to something to express your feelings.There is no space for rhyme here.Your Haiku has to paint an image of the natural world,not just describe it.
Some examples-:

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

I kill an ant
and realize my three children
have been watching.
- Kato Shuson

The wren
Earns his living
- Kobayahsi Issa
These are some Haikus written great Japanese poets.


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Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, India

I am a 12-year old girl living in Mumbai,India.I have been attracted to the art of poetry ever since I read my first poem.I have written numerous poeces which i would certainly be glad to share!