A Japanese Verse Form

This is a Japanese form popular throughout the World. Conventionally, in English and other Indo-European languages,the Haiku is written in seventeen syllables in a pattern of five-seven-five syllables. This IS only a convention, though - Japanese, whose written language is derived from Chinese pictograms, has no concept that directly equates to 'syllable'. This convention is increasingly ignored, as have been the strict rules of the Haiku for many years.

There is a more extensive discussion of the Haiku in Why Write Haiku? This is part of the More Words section of this web site.

A Note on Formal and Free Verse
Literary Terms
The Tanka
Why Write Haiku?

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