Haiku Is . . .
- Haiku (pronounced high/coo) is a brief form of writing developed by the Japanese over the last six to seven hundred years.
- Haiku are usually 17 syllables or less in length. A haiku may be divided into 3 lines with a 5-7-5 syllable count.
- Haiku is a unique art form that has its own internal logic and rules. Haiku do not use Western poetic devices such as simile, metaphor, rhyme and meter.
- Haiku capture a moment in time much like a photograph without making an intellectual comment.
- Haiku are of nature and the nature of things. Haiku are an intuitive response to one’s environment. Haiku usually contain some reference to the season.
- Haiku is an art form that demands study and discipline by both the reader and the writer.