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  • 1. Abigail Hollingsworth
    Central Michigan University
    Haiku
  • 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypergurl/514534462/
    Attribution, Non Commercial
    “Haiku show[s] us the world in a water drop, providing a tiny lens through which to glimpse the miracle and mystery of life” (National Endowment for the Humanities).
  • 3. Traditional form of Japanese poetry
    Describes nature or every day life
    Based on personal reflection
    Value is in sudden discovery or revelation
    What is Haiku?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ionushi/434663959/
    Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives
  • 4. The moment two bubbles
    are united, they both vanish.
    A lotus blooms.
    -Kijo Murakami (1865-1938)
  • 5. Great mode of self-expression
    Enriches cultural understanding
    Captures one moment and its emotions perfectly
    Expresses complex ideas through simple observations
    Why Haiku?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/monkeysox/2778127854/
    Attribution, No Derivatives
  • 6. Writing and understanding Haiku requires:
    Close observation
    Careful reflection
    Concise word choice
    An open mind
    Writing Haiku
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcomagrini/698692268/
    Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives
  • 7. The crow has flown away:
    swaying in the evening sun,
    a leafless tree.
    -NatsumeSoseki (1867-1916)
  • 8. Traditionally three lines, seventeen syllables:
    Five
    Seven
    Five
    This form is strict in Japanese
    Sometimes varies:
    In other languages (e.g. English)
    When translated original form is lost
    Writing Haiku: Form
  • 9. Consists of two parts
    Description/ close-up
    Reflection/ broad view
    Each part depends on the other for meaning
    Japanese: Break marked by “cutting word”
    English: Break marked by punctuation (e.g. colon, long dash, ellipsis)
    Writing Haiku: Structure
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/monkeysox/2653881534/sizes/o/
    Attribution, No Derivatives
  • 10. Go to the website below to see “HA-KU,”a movie produced by the Center for International Education and directed by Jackie Herrlin.
    http://www.archive.org/details/cie_haku
    HA-KU
  • 11. Important to define the setting/time of year
    Must include a kigo
    Word that indicates season
    When reading, watch for the poem’s kigo
    Writing Haiku: Language
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/aunto/1136093061/
    Attribution
  • 12. A giant firefly:
    that way, this way, that way, this-
    and it passes by.
    -Issa (1762-1826)
  • 13. Concentrates on real life and nature
    Provides new insights on old situations
    Brings attention to things normally overlooked
    Creates new significance for every day events
    Writing Haiku: Subject
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevewall/2577825055/
    Attribution, Non Commercial, Sharealike
  • 14. Find inspiration in your surroundings
    Make a list of descriptive words
    Five, seven, five syllable form
    Include a kigoto indicate season
    Create an illustration for your Haiku
    Think small!
    Write Your Own!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/elfboy/3236801364/
    Attribution
  • 15. HAIKU for PEOPLE. http://www.toyomasu.com/haiku/#references
    Natural Endowment for the Humanities. EDSITEment: Can You Haiku? http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?ID=250
    North Carolina Haiku Society. http://nc-haiku.org/haiku-misc.htm
    UCLA International Institute. http://www.international.ucla.edu/shenzhen/2002ncta/cunningham/Webpage-HaikuPoems.htm .
    Other Resources
  • 16. Natural Endowment for the Humanities. EDSITEment. Can You Haiku? May 2002. 10 October 2009. <http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?ID=250>.
    Toyomasu, Kei Grieg. HAIKU for PEOPLE. 10 Jan. 2001. 10 October 2009. <http://www.toyomasu.com/haiku>.
    Herrlin, Jackie. HA-KU. 2004. Internet Archive. 10 October 2009. <http://www.archive.org/details/cie_haku>. (Attribution, Non Commercial, No Derivatives)
    Russo, Dave. North Carolina Haiku Society. Unknown. 10 October 2009. <http://nc-haiku.org/haiku-misc.htm>.
    Works Cited
  • 17. In the cicada’s cry
    No sign can foretell
    How soon it must die.
    -Matsuo Basho (1644-1694)