haiku guidelinesEdit

WHERE : Originating in Japan, haiku (俳句) are now a global phenomenon.

WHEN : This present moment.

WHO : Haiku are democratic: everyone can play. A person who is a very very haiku person is called a hai jin ( haiku person ). Five great haijin :

  • Basho (1644–1694)
  • Buson ((1716–1783)
  • Issa (1763–1827)
  • Shiki (1867–1902)
  • You

WHAT : Natural as a cloud or a river. A light, impressionist sketch, in words. One-breath long, often with a pause (kiré) marking a gap between two images. Traditionally referring to a season, directly or indirectly, through a key word or phrase.

HOW : As an art of participation, haiku engage a reader in order to become fully alive. Reading haiku, thus, is essential for writing haiku - and for becoming more deeply attuned to experiencing haiku in daily life.

WHY : Because.

Just so.


Links for more informationEdit

Here are some links to previous discussions at the Corner, and sites elsewhere on the Web.

  1. Jane Reichold offers a parallel set of guidelines and examples.
  2. Where Jane Reichold prefers numbered lists, Michael Dylan Welch favors a more personal, narrative style to his how-to guide.
  3. Two Dragonflies' instructional page is geared for children (of all ages).
  4. Gabi Greve's hyperlinked definition from World Haiku Database (WKD)