Do you understand Haiku?

There are several ways that people understand haiku. I don’t presume to be an expert; in fact, I am far from it. The type of haiku I write can range from the classical 5-7-5 syllables to absolute free-form haiku More often than not, though, I try to stick with the syllable form.
If you care to read something that is a bit more definitive than what I am talking about as well as an excellent description of the historical background of haiku, see Wikipedia.

I have been writing haiku for many years….and have been corrected by purists for many years, as well. Purists think they “know it all” and simply won’t recognize that poetry, in its purist form (you’d think they’d get this), is art. Written art.

So, for me, haiku is a written art form.
I am sure the Japanese looked at it as an art form, as well. One of the most famous of Japan’s haiku poets was Matsuo Basho.

Here is an example of my Haiku style:

Bathing enjoyment
daring to shout gaiety
Brisk morning dawn rain.

After the Rain

After the Rain

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6 Responses to “Do you understand Haiku?”

  1. It really does not matter how close one follows the pure form. What matters is the expression and communication of an idea or an emotion.

  2. You are so right Kitsune. Being able to express your idea or emotion is what makes it artful, not rules.

  3. sambissell Says:

    You are both so right! And besides, I’ve never been much for rules….I’d rather bend them than use them. 🙂

  4. That is the only way to really live isn’t it??

  5. No, “there’s million ways to go” 😉

  6. sambissell Says:

    ….and all of them are bendable…..

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