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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

An 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.

Examples of Rhyming Haiku Poems

Toast
(5) I really like toast.
(7) It is yummy when it's hot.
(5) I like it best cold.

Beans
(5) Beans are kind to hearts.
(7) I like to eat them daily.
(5) And then do big farts!

Why don't you try writing a Haiku Poem or a Rhyming Haiku and enter it into one of our poetry competitions.

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