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 it daily.
(5) I Like toast the most!
Why don't you try writing a haiku poem and enter it in one of our Poetry Competitions.