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Poetry Patterns:  Haiku (redirected from poetry patterns: haiku)

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on January 22, 2015 at 1:09:49 pm

Haiku is a Japanese verse that is written in three line stanzas.  It is considered one of the more important forms of poetry in Japan.  Traditionally haiku praised nature, and many of the printed poems included sketches.    




The first stanza of the haiku is actually called a hokku, which means "starting verse".  The Japanese haiku contained multiple stanzas (remember, a stanza is like a paragraph).  


Also the haiku did not use rhyme.  However, it was written using a rhythmic measure called a mora.  However,  this type of measurement is unique to the Japanese language which means it does not exist in the English language.  Fortunately for us syllables can be used in place of the mora.   


The first line has 5 syllables.

The second line has 7 syllables.

The third line has 5 syllables.



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