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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Friday 17 December 2010

So you wish you could Haiku?

So many people tell me they can't Haiku
and so many of them say they wish that they could.

Watch this great video clip. It helps understand the rhythm of poetry:
(click on rectangle to view clip)

To write Haikus there are just a few rules:

  1. The lines should not rhyme
  2. The first line has 5 syllables (e.g. Put on the ket tle)
  3. The second line has 7 syllables (e.g. Pol ly make a cup pa now)
  4. The last line has 5 syallables (e.g. Take it off a gain)
  5. Traditional haikus involve the seasons and nature.
  6. The second line usually brings the first and third into juxtaposition with one another, carrying two ideas for the same theme, the twist in the tale if you will.
  7. I prefer each line to stand alone as a sentence without enjambment.

Are you up for the challenge?
Or are you all shovelling snow, wrapping pressies and pouring more brandy over your Christmas cakes ? 
If not you could always write three lines about Christmas that have the 5,7,5 syllable structure and see how much fun haiku-ing can be.

This Wednesday you can link your Christmas haikus  to http://youknowthatblog.com/ who are also doing a Noel blog hop.
We'll do an impromtu haiku blog hop until Sunday 10pm UK time.
Don't forget to post up your entries by then.

1.Old Kitty 4.Roland D. Yeomans 7.i Zombie
2.Dominic 5.Ellie Garratt
3.Words Crafter/ Becky 6.http://greyscaleterritory.blogspot.com/2010/12/christmas-colours.html


  1. Well I will have to give this one some thought.

  2. Me, me, me!! :-) LOL!!!

    I love that clip!! What a great way to teach kids about Shakespeare let alone iambic pentametre!

    Take care

  3. I'll do one. I'm growing rather fond of Haikus - one of these days I must try my hand at one that follows all the rules!!

  4. I do write Haiku, not strictly following the syllabus rule..

    what a cute challenge.

  5. linked in one I write one year ago...

    have fun!

  6. Haiku to you, too. I am blood-running today, but I couldn't resist.

  7. How utterly exciting to have so many contestants. LOL! Thank you all
    I haven't a clue what blood-running is though. :O)

  8. Sounds dodgy doesn't it!! and there we were thinking Alice was imaginary! I haven't posted mine yet - but I'm getting there!

  9. I have an award for you over on my blog:)

  10. Ooo...I don't do poetry but I love Haikus. An awesome impromptu blogfest!

  11. I'm afraid I'm one of those who can't write poetry - but thank you for the clip.


  12. hmmmmm guess I'll have to give this a try sometime :-) Thanks for the tips, it's simpler than I realized.

  13. I've learned peeps either have rhythm or they don't. Some peeps can pick it up--discover it in themselves, if you will, but others are just plain non-rhythm folks. :)

    I love haikus! I wanted to name our dog Haiku, but my hubby did not agree. :(

  14. Ah yes Scott you are absolutely right and Suzanne and PK you put me in mind of the wise saying: "Whether you say you can or you can't, YOU are right!"

  15. Ah too bad it's over! Thanks for the link, and inviting your friends along! Everyone is welcome to join us, always. Merry Christmas!


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