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A Haiku has three lines. For a traditional haiku, the first line has 5 syllables. The second line has 7 syllables. The third line has 5 syllables again.


    Red Rose

    a red petal bends (5 syllables)
    sparkling drops of dew glisten (7 syllables)
    like tears they roll off (5 syllables)
    - written by Gabriella 2

The traditional Japanese haiku requires some reference to nature or the season. The goal of a haiku is to capture a single moment with very few words.

A non-traditional haiku can have less than 5/7/5 syllables. A common variation is 3/5/3.

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More Examples


    scaley winding tail
    dragon head consuming shrimp
    male pouch giving birth
    by mermaids

    Gifts From Ida-Ten

    A brisk fresh breeze comes
    Thou bringer of dreams delight
    Gifts from Ida-Ten
    by R. J. Stewart

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