Haiku Exercise 3 notes on writing a brief 3-line senryu:
the 'human nature' poem

Haiku exercises

Your first three haiku:


Exercise 3: notes

Comparison of haiku and senryu:

Core attributes: Season word (kigo). Three phrases. Juxtaposed images.
Classical Haiku
(nature poem)
Required Classical Japanese: 1 vertical line of 5-7-5 morae.

Modern Western: short-long-short; maybe 2-3-2 stresses; many variations.
Usually written in 3 lines but may be written in 1 or 2.

(people poem)
Optional Same as above.
Western senryu are of variable but basically "breath-like" length.

Time line for haiku:

Haiku originated as solo verses that could be used in linked verse. Accordingly it is necessary to include information about linked verse in considering the development of haiku:

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