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What is a Senryu?

A senryu is a 17 syllable poem. It is an unrhymed Japanese verse. A senryu consists of 3 lines and 17 syllables.

The Structure of a Senryu Poem

The 17 syllables should be arranged as below:

Line 1 – 5 syllables
Line 2 – 7 syllables
Line 3 – 5 syllables

An Example of a Senryu Poem

(5) Pretty red flower
(7) The buzzing bees really love
(5) Your pollen so sweet

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