What is a haiku?

What is a haiku?


A haiku is a form of poetry from Japan. They are short poems that consist of 3 lines with 17 syllables. It was originally created by Japanese poets and it was then adopted by every modern language. Haikus are often focuses on nature but can be used for many different subjects.

The structure of a haiku is the following:

Line 1 – 5 syllables

Line 2 – 7 syllables

Line 3 – 5 syllables

Here are some examples of haiku poems:

By Murakami, Kijo

First autumn morning:

the mirror I stare into

shows my father’s face.

By Shiki, Masaoka

A lightning flash:

between the forest trees

I have seen water.

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

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