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)
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.
Links for more informationEdit
Here are some links to previous discussions at the Corner, and sites elsewhere on the Web.
- Jane Reichold offers a parallel set of guidelines and examples.
- Where Jane Reichold prefers numbered lists, Michael Dylan Welch favors a more personal, narrative style to his how-to guide.
- Two Dragonflies' instructional page is geared for children (of all ages).
- Gabi Greve's hyperlinked definition from World Haiku Database (WKD)