Haiku Day is April 17
What is a haiku (hahy-koo)?
A haiku is traditionally a nonrhyming three-line poem of Japanese origin that offers a way of looking at the physical world. The origins of haiku can be traced back to the ninth century.
The haiku consists of three lines with a five-seven-five syllable structure using sensory language to gain inspiration. Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) is considered the greatest haiku poet of all time.
Here is simple Easter-themed haiku:
Easter Bunny Hops
Flower Eggs Jelly Beans Fun
Hidden Baskets Full
Clapping out each word’s syllables makes them easier to count when creating your poem.
Haikus can be a fun and fast alternative to writing a longer poem. Try your hand a writing a haiku today and share with family and friends.