4 thoughts on “a haiku

  1. The 5 7 5 rule is a simplified Western version of haiku. Eastern sensibilities are much more focused on the way the content is laid out. Also Japanese is a very different linguistic system than English. I guess English speakers were trying to make a rule out of what they interpreted was a Japanese rule for haiku. The purist balk at the 5 7 5, and I have been trying to unlearn it, but hardly an expert on understanding the intricacies of this sport. Jane Reichhold is an expert, though, and has a great website and some books on the subject. http://www.ahapoetry.com/haiku.htm

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