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What is a haiku poem?

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A haiku is a Japanese form of poetry. In it’s traditional form a haiku is a three line poem consisting of seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often inspired by nature, a haiku emphasizes both simplicity and intensity.

Example of a traditional haiku poem

“The old pond by Matsuo Basho”
An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

Notice the first line is 5 syllables, the second 7, and the third 5. Overtime the form of haiku poetry has evolved and the 5/7/5 practice has been routinely broken. If the syllable count is not traditional the philosophy of haiku can be preserved by focusing on a brief moment in time, and creating enlightenment through the use of provocative words.

Next time you go to write a short poem, try writing it as haiku. It will be an adventure and a fun learning experience. If you run into words that make counting the syllables tough there are many syllable counters online to help such as http://www.haikuwithteeth.com/index.php

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Thought Quotes Revamped

thought-quotesThoughts ever-growing database of quotes was recently revamped! The database currently houses over 600 categorized quotes written by authors, philosophers, and artists. The revamped site includes:

  • An improved search tool
  • Multiple navigation methods
  • Some fresh paint

There is also a form on the right side of the site where you can submit a quote to the database if you would like. Check it out @ Thought Quotes

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New Resource Launched

Hi everyone, this summer we have been busy creating a new resource section that was just rolled out!

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The new resource was essentially created to house FAQs explaining Thoughts features as well as poetry and writing resources. One helpful feature that was added to the resource is a predictive search tool. Another feature is a thumbs up and thumbs down rating system. There have only been a handful of posts added so far but more will be added soon. In addition, it is possible for anyone to contribute by locating the “add a resource post” link on the right bottom corner of the page. Check it out! Thoughts Resource