General Poetry posted November 24, 2021

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5/7/5 Winter Haiku

Silent Wintry Morn

by Gypsy Blue Rose

silent wintry morn

inspires chilled classic haiku —

sound of leaves falling



HAIKU is an unrhymed Japanese poem that uses imagistic language to convey the essence of an experience of nature. Haiku refers to a season of the year by the words: spring, summer, autumn, winter; or by a word that represents the season (cold, hot, harvest moon, snow, etc ... ) In Japanese, haiku is written in three lines 5/7/5. In English, it's 17 syllables OR LESS and as brief as possible (3/5/3, 2/8/4, etc...) combination in a short/long/short pattern ) The essence of haiku is represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas separated by a dash (usually at end of the second line) to pause before the last line called satori (an aha moment or word pun) for introspection. PAUSES IN HAIKU: The comma ( , ) separates dependant clauses; ellipsis ( ...) in dialogue shows a pause in a character's speech; In contrast, the em-dash ( -- ) is used to emphasize an interruption in speech before the satori. In haiku we keep punctuation to a minimum. Avoid rhymes, alliteration, metaphor, personification, punctuation, and capital letters (proper names is okay). source of 5/7/5 syllables rule *** source haiku rules by William J. Higginson, Haiku Society of America ***

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