Haiku- Small, Powerful Poetry
Today we conclude our celebration of National Poetry Month with an exploration of one of the shortest but most powerful forms – haiku.
Haiku is a popular and traditional form of Japanese poetry, which relies heavily on creating images.
Traditionally, haiku poems were written about an aspect of nature such as weather, animals, or seasons. Contemporary haiku may be about anything that leaves a strong impression or feeling.
Haiku is an easily recognizable form because of its structure: a three line poem containing a total of 17 syllables. There are 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 in the third.
When creating a haiku, you should focus on sensory details such as colors, textures, or sounds. Use adverbs sparingly in your poem, instead rely on strong verbs, nouns, and adjectives.
A wonderful way to get inspiration for writing haiku is to take a walk outside and observe the natural world. Let what you see, hear, feel, and smell in your surroundings ignite your imagination.
Try writing haiku. It is a wonderful way to make yourself slow down and take new notice of the world around you. Plus, having to work within the line and syllable parameters stimulates your creativity. That’s what Wordplay Wednesdays are all about!
Here is my Haiku.
Bright leaves fluttering
Flowers bending and swaying
Wind provides the music.
Try a haiku today. It is Powerful Poetry in a small package.