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Haiku Poem

What is a Haiku Poem?

A Haiku is a Japanese poem which can also be known as a Hokku. A Haiku poem is similar to a Tanka, but has fewer lines. A Haiku is a type of poetry that can be written on many themes, from love to nature.

What is the Structure of a Haiku Poem?

A Haiku consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables.

Each line has a set number of syllables see below:

Line 1 - 5 syllables
Line 2 - 7 syllables
Line 3 - 5 syllables

Example of a Haiku Poem:

(5) The sky is so blue.
(7) The sun is so warm up high.
(5) I love the summer.

Haiku poems don't need to rhyme, but for more of a challenge some poets try to rhyme lines 1 and 3.

Example of a Rhyming Haiku Poem:

(5) I really like toast.
(7) I like to eat them daily.
(5) And then do big farts!

 

Why don't you try writing a haiku poem and enter it into one of our Poetry Competitions.