Exactly what is a Haiku?
its a type of poem. Its structure is usually 5 syllables, then 7 syllables then 5 again. I think it comes from japan, although there are different styles of haiku
Haiku was the very first type of poetry I ever wrote, and it was taught to me by my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Purcell. She ended up becoming a life-long friend of mine and I used to go and stay overnight at her house after I left her class. When I was still a child, gave me a book of Haiku poetry inscribed, "To Janine, my little Haiku writer". I still have that book in my posession 47 years later! She was among the first of my teachers to really encourage my writing.
This is the first poem I ever wrote in 5th grade (I know, how can I remember it after all these years!)
The buffalo graze
On the wide open prairie
With eyes half-asleep
Usually Haiku poetry paints an evocative visual picture which conveys a feeling using a only a total of a mere 17 syllables, arranged in three lines of 5/7/5. There are other styles, but I believe this is what most people associate with Haiku - and yes, it is a Japanese form of writing poetry...
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