I realized last week that I’d not written a haiku in over a year. Personally I’m dumbfounded. I enjoy writing haiku because I tend to be long winded. Sometimes Usually, when I write I have a hard time keeping things short. When one writes haiku one has to abide by rules. Rules that stipulate exactly how wordy a person can get. I need that discipline.
Don’t worry if you don’t know how to write a haiku, or you can’t remember because English class was a long, long, long time ago; I’m here to explain how to write haiku.
A haiku poem is a short concise form of Japanese poetry. Japanese haiku is usually about nature, but in haiku today you can write about anything. Haiku That consists of a total of seventeen syllables. When haiku is written in English it has seventeen syllables usually written in three lines although it can be written in a single line. The main rule is that you must have seventeen syllables.
Rules of haiku are simple.
Haiku is written in three metrical units. Three stanzas or lines, the first being five syllables long. The second seven syllables and the third five for a total of seventeen syllables.
Not always…Especially if you want to get across a feeling or a sense of action.
Tips on writing haiku:
Decide on a theme. Then jot down a list of words about that theme. Your goal should try to create a strong image or feeling. Next begin to group your words, this is where it can become tricky. Be creative. Remove any unnecessary words and form your sentences into the three stanzas grouped by syllable count.
To see examples of my haiku please check out my category labeled “Spellbound“. Here you can find samples of my writing.