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Haiku poem for beginner – a step-by-step guide

Introduction to Haiku poem :-

                        A Haiku poem is a traditionally a Japanese poem consisting of three short lines that do not rhyme. The essence of haiku lies in “cutting” which is often represented by juxtaposition of images or ideas and a “cutting word” between them.

                      Traditional haiku poem contains 17 syllables in the form of 5-7-5 which means 1st line will contain 5 words, 2nd will contain 7 words and 3rd will contain again 5 words. Alternate haiku poem consist of 11 syllables in the form of 3-5-3 which means 1st line will contain 3 words, 2nd will contain 5 words and 3rd will contain 3 words.

       Why Haiku poem is so popular? :-

  • These poems often focus on images from nature, it basically emphasizes simplicity,intensity and directness of expression.

  • Haiku is like asking someone for prom* yeah that easy* 

  • They are huge time savers, you can write a perfect haiku in just 2-3 minutes. I think its the only thing providing you with emotions, immediate focus, creativity and gratification in mere a minute.

  • There is no strict guideline to follow, you can also think of ideas outside the box. Maybe someday your haiku  poem forms will be loved by thousands of readers. 

   Step-by-step guide :-

  1. Choose your subject on which you want to read. It can be your furry cat, your first hangover, your imagination or anything else.

  2. If you want to write about nature, sit in nature and learn whatever it is trying to teach you. If you want to write about past, walk in the memory lane and entwine your hands with the readers with whom you want to go again and again. In nutshell, just live your subject fully.

  3. Now, write on the subject you’ve chosen but remember to write 20 or 11 syllables as we are learning to write haiku after that you can go with outside the box ideas.

  4. Use concrete images, sensory details and ornate with surprising last line.

  5. It is a mood poem and it doesn’t use any metaphors or similes.

  6. When haiku is taught, the only restriction is the number of syllables.

  7. As you’ve completed your haiku piece. Read it loud 3-4 times, so you can modify and rectify the mistakes being a reader. The best thing is to always read your content before you mark it as final or publish it somewhere.

  8. Lastly, try to get feedback from your friends, teacher or from whomever you want to. 


PS :- I am sure you’ve framed some great haiku poem. If anyone of you is interested in BLITZ poem, you can check that post too *providing link though*  . Keep inking poesy people.       

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