The Haiku

I love the haiku, it is a way of looking at the world and seeing something profound, in what appears to be its simplicity. The haiku poem consists of 3 lines, the original Japanese haiku adhere to strict rules regarding form and content consisting of seventeen ‘moras’ or linguistic units which we can refer to as syllables. Traditional haiku were written on a single line, but the modern haiku consists of three lines of 5-7-5 syllables. Another time-honoured element of haiku is a season word ‘kigo’. A true haiku is set in a particular season, so for example it may refer to blossom or ice and it is fundamentally connected with nature. An exquisite example can be seen below:

Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828

Natsu-yama ya/ Hitoashi zutsu ni/ Umi miyuru

夏山や 一足ずつに 海見ゆる

The summer mountains.

At my every steps,

I could sea more.

and here is one of my attempts:

Published by poetisatinta

I was born and live in rural North Wales (UK) and found poetry again after a lifetime, so grateful I did :)

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