If there weren't non-haiku, there wouldn't be haiku

In this category comes not-quite, distant cousins, misconceptions, and perhaps even poetry ...

not quite :

zappai ... pseudo haiku

Distant cousins :

Tanka, sijo, epigrams, proverbs, philosophical statements ...

Misconception :

Anything written in 3 lines of 5- , 7- , and 5 - syllales (respectively) is automatically haiku.

Poetry :

Haiku don't have titles, don't necessarily rhyme, use common speech, don't follow metrical scansion, aren't necessarily written to pre-set topics ... in short, they can be quite difficult from the stuffed owl which many take as poetry. If, however, by poetry, is meant making meaning of life out life itself, then haiku are as much poetry as they are religion.


This category has only the following subcategory.