Haiku: Simple And Expressive

Using a juxtaposition of two ideas along with some sort of cutting word between these can help defining a short form of Japanese poetry called haiku.

Born from the desire of expressing the beauty of simple concepts and life notions – this form of writing managed to use the artist’s potential in order to create a symetrical artistic image.

The structure of haiku consists of 17 syllables [also called on or morae] having a 5-7-5 usage pattern. This helps establishing a certain attractive aspect of stating the visual element.

One wide-known haiku is signed by Basho – sounding like this: Furuike ya kawazu tobikomu mizu no oto [translated as Old pond… / a frog leaps in / water’s sound]. Just listen to these words and you’re going to feel the abstract nature of their sensibility.

I think that this form of poetry is subjected to a raw intelligence since it takes a lot of attention and eficiency to find the right words for explaining a phenomenon. As an exercize you can think about composing a few haikus describing your personal feelings towards different domains. Haiku expresses actions and involved subjects and of course a unique link between them.

Some say that writing isn’t art…but I believe differently. Since poetry can affect your emotions – it is a spiritual bonus – therefore an art-related activity.


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