I’ve always found the Japanese for of poetry, called Haiku, fascinating and enchanting.
Haiku, as defined in the shaded literary dictionary, consists of seventeen syllables formed in three lines of poetry: line one has five syllables, line two has seven, and line three has five syllables again.
Haiku poems are meant to express a single idea, an inspiring image or feeling, “it is a kind of miniature “snap” of words!” This form of poetry was first established in the 16th century and was originally called hokku.
Two of the most well-known Japanese haiku poets are Basho and Kobayashi Issa. Other poets who may have used haiku principles in their works or were influenced by this delicate form of poetry are Ezra Pound, Amy Lowell, Robert Frost, Conrad Aiken and W. B. Yeats.
Here is a sample by Western poet James Kirkup from the poem titled Evening…
In the amber dusk
Each island dreams its own night
The sea swarms with gold.
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