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Now that we know the rules of poetry. Here they are in terms of the Haiku.
These are some Haikus that are on Youtube. They are very traditional in style.
These Haiku writers are reciting their own Haikus. These are regular people who write poetry.
I wrote this Haiku when I took my first creative writing class at Parkway Central.
Remember, the first line is five syllables of this moment in time. The next line is 7 syllables and the last line is another five syllables. In the last two line or in the last line, tell me how you feel about this image.
These are the most often asked questions about Haikus.
Are there any questions? I will be happy to discuss this with you after class. Thank you.
By Sherry Salant
Communication Arts 10-12 grade
Missouri Standards 3
Difference between Poetry and Prose 4
Where did it Begin? 5
Rules of the Haiku 6
Talk the talk of a Haiku 7
Examples of Haikus 9-11
Write you own Haiku 12-13
Questions and Answers 14
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Missouri Communications Arts Content Standard
CA3-Reading and evaluating material/ Process
Standard 1.10 Applying acquired information,
ideas, and skills
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Read silently Read aloud
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Japan 9th-11th Century
Came from the Tanka
The Tanka is five lines
The Tanka has 5,7,5,7,7 syllables
One person wrote the first three lines
Another person wrote the last two lines
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The first three lines set the tone of
They were called the “hokku”.
People started writing just the 3
lines called the
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The Haiku poetry
3 lines line
1 stanza stanza
No constraints rhythm
Read slowly Read aloud
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Three lines 5,7,5
A moment in time captured like a photo
A moment in nature or human nature
The first line or two is the image
The last line or two explains how you feel about
Brings more anticipation
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Feel free to ask
Questions any questions you
may have about
and Answers the Haiku.
you have to • Yes, if you are doing traditional Haikus
be exact on • Contemporary Haikus bend the rules
Does it have • Yes, it needs to be about Nature
to be about • It can be about human nature
nature? • Or the human condition
write many • There are many websites with new Haiku writing
Haikus these • There are world Haiku conferences that include
examples in this presentation
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All images were retrieved from
Google.com/images Web 01/08/10
Hass, Robert, ed., The Essential Haiku: Versions of Basho,
Buson, & Issa. Hopewell, NJ.: The Ecco Press., 1994.
haikumom. (2009). haiku northwest seabeck retreat 2009
[video]. Retrieved January 10, 2010 from
Patterns in Poetry retrieved from
skipperoohoo. (2009). haikus [video]. Retrieved January 10,
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