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Haiku Poems

Haiku poems depict an important form of traditional Japanese poetry. The poems are based on a Zen Buddhist philosophy of simplicity and brevity. These un-rhyming verse forms are considered to have originated in the 17th century. These poems are actually written for conveying the essence of an experience in a short format. The traditional haikus portray the images or natural themes and often appear to be wistful or yearning in tone.

Genesis of Haiku

The term “haiku” emerged responding to the confusion surrounding regarding the Japanese poetry terms. “Hokku” means starting verse was the basis for a longer string of verses, which is known as haika. The term “haiku” was coined in the 1890s for denoting the new and self-contained kind of poetry.

The rules centering Haiku

The Haiku poems adhere to strict rules. The format of the poems needs to have three sentences and each of these sentences have five, seven and five syllables. Pay attention to the cutting of the Haiku poems; this is an important part of the Haiku technique which represents the division of the poem into two parts. Each part of the Haiku poem is designed to enhance the other part.

When you have the cutting of the haikus in English, you have the first or second line end with an ellipsis, colon or long dash. The subjects of these poems are mostly not complicated; you will learn that the poems describe everyday themes and attempts to offer a novel view of the common situations.

It is also a rule that every Haiku poem should be having a seasonal theme, which is represented by the haiku poems having a seasonal word (kigo). A kigo reveals to the reader, the season when poem is set in. For instance, “mosquitoes” symbolize summer, “snow” symbolizes winter and “cherry blossoms” will mean spring.

The haikus do not provide you stories and doesn’t involve the actions of people. What it conveys is the abstract concepts like emotions. To understand more about the haiku poems, keep reading the works of the haiku poets; the more you read it, the more you understand.

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