Black Haiku : What Exactly Is A Haiku???

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  1. N2urSoul

    N2urSoul Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    What is a "Haiku"???

    A Haiku is a short form of Japanese poetry with an oriental metric
    that appeared in the XVI Century, and continues to be
    very popular.

    A Haiku has 3 lines and 17 syllables, distributed in
    an arrangement of 5-7-5.

    Example:

    The first line has 5 syllables
    The second line has 7 syllables
    The third line has 5 syllables
     
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    May I also add...

    All haikus are not 5-7-5, though that is definitely my favorite pattern and it IS the most popularly used pattern. Some also use four lines with less than 17 syllables, but everyone MUST follow the 17 syllable limit rule or else it simply becomes a small free style poem.
     
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    True...

    However, in my understanding of a haiku... there are various deviations from the "original Japanese" styles or types of haikus, such as you mention...

    For example there is the "Brazilian Haikus/Haikai" (and many more) which is also known as the "Guilherme de Almeida style" (which was named after a famous brazilian writer -- Guilherme de Almeida-- who introduced the haiku/haikai poetry in Portugese. This style consists of a rime following the rules that he created...

    Sample

    _ _ _ _ x

    o _ _ _ _ _ o

    _ _ _ _ x

    x rimes with x
    o rimes with o

    .... hence, indeed there are many forms of haikus and other styles of poetry as well! Thank you Joyce for sharing ....
     
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    Joyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    wooo I gotta tried me one ah dem. You know I love to rhyme.
     
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    indeed and thankz lovin dis place !!
     
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    I'm enjoying it too Rich. In fact, I gonna sit back and read haikus tomorrow. Right here in my new home...expecting lotsa company. :)
     
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    count me in i'll be watching from above wit my glasses on
    reading away!
     
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    :lol: @ $$RICH$$ @glasses :lol: cute :)
     
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    let me check dis out coz Haikus comes in many shapes i see
    glad y'all teaching me dis
     
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    Thanks for that bit of information on the definition of Haiku. Sorry i didn't follow the correct formula. I suppose i should have posted elsewhere.
    Forgive my ignorance.
     
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