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Haiku Workshop

Define
Haiku is a Japanese poetic form, that follows a strict format. Traditionally you'd write a haiku about nature, though today they cover many subjects, from pets and friends, to favourite people and hobbies!
Explaination

Here is a bit more information on the structure of a haiku:

 1st line has to have 5 syllables
 2nd line has to have 7 syllables
 3rd line has to have 5 syllables

A syllable is part of a word which has one vowel sound.

For example:
El-e-phant has 3 syllables, whereas Chil-dren has only 2. Sun has 1 syllable and was has 1 so does ball.

If you need a bit of practise to understand syllables, then work out how many syllables these words have:

Countryside
Rainbow
Teacher
Fireman
Imaginary
Publishing
Glittery
Spontaneous
Opportunity

Examples

Here is an example of a Haiku:

The sun was shining (5)
The children were on the beach (7)
Playing with the ball (5)

Your Turn

Finished? Why not submit your poem to Young Writers and we will enter it into one of our competitions.

Alternatively send your poem to:

Young Writers, Remus House, Coltsfoot Drive, Woodston, Peterborough, PE2 9BF or email it to info@youngwriters.co.uk