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  1. 1. Creative Writing Aiden Yeh, PhD Wenzao Ursuline College of LanguagesImage:
  2. 2. What is a Haiku? • Haiku is a form of poetry, first made popular in Japan, which has become appreciated around the world. Haiku poets are challenged to convey a vivid message in only 17 syllables.Source:
  3. 3. • One of the greatest Haiku poets was the Samurai, Basho (1644-94). Bashos father was also a Samurai from the Iga province. To become a Samurai, Basho served a local lord who was fond of writing. Basho learned the style of writing Haiku, and wrote under the name, Sobo. During the years, Basho traveled throughout Japan writing and further developing the Haiku style. He died in Osaka, Japan in 1694, and continued to write haiku up until his deathSource:
  4. 4. A sample of Bashos haiku style: Spring morning marvel lovely nameless little hill on a sea of mistSource:
  5. 5. • In Japan these poems are valued for their simplicity, openness, depth and lightness.Source:
  6. 6. Structural Rules • Use exactly 17 syllables • Syllables are arranged in three lines of 5-7-5 • Avoid similes and metaphors • Refers to a season of the yearSource:
  7. 7. • Theyre written in the present tense, in ordinary language, and work well as two different images that spark off each other.• Its good to include one or more senses such as sound, smell, taste or touch, and not just what we can see.
  8. 8. Seasonal Theme • Each Haiku must contain a kigo, a season word, which indicates what season of the year the Haiku is set. For example, blossoms would indicate spring, snow would give the idea of winter, mosquitos would imply summertime. The seasonal words isnt always that obvious, you might needs to consider the theme of the poem to find it.
  9. 9. Guess the seasonClouds appear and bring -to men a chance to rest fromlooking at the moon
  10. 10. Critiquing Haikus 1. What feelings did you have from the poem? 2. Which of your five senses did the poem appeal to the most? 3. What mood was the author trying to convey? 4. What was the dominant impression, or idea? 5. What was the kigo, seasonal word? Some are harder than others to find.
  11. 11. • They can be therapeutic and they exercise both the right and the left side of the brain.
  12. 12. Natsume Soseki • Natsume Soseki lived from 1867 - 1916. He was a novelist and master of the haiku. Here are a couple of examples of his poems: Over the wintry forest, winds howl in rage with no leaves to blow.
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  14. 14. Haiku withphoto prompts
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  18. 18. In-class Task• Using photo prompts, write at least 2 Haiku poems (the more you can produce, the better)• Publish your haiku on your blog• Use your smartphone to take original photos• For online source, you need to provide a link to the site where you got the pictures from.
  19. 19. But not thisPhoto source:
  20. 20. Be creative!Image source:
  21. 21. Curbside Haiku:
  22. 22. Curbside Haiku in NY
  23. 23. I think of Haiku every single day. Oh, but to write it, I can’t. Aiden Yeh 3/31/2013 2:30 pmImage source:
  24. 24. Faux Spring Aiden Yeh Spring flowers just bloomed. But now covered in white frost. April Fool’s delight.Image source: