Haiku and…more

Definition of Haiku

A formal or classic haiku is an unrhymed Japanese poem recording the essence of a moment. Nature is combined with human nature. It usually consists of three lines of 5/7/5 (5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line) totaling seventeen syllables.

A modern haiku, like a classic or formal haiku, is three lines of poetry, 17 syllables or LESS. This means you do not have to write three lines of 5/7/5, (5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line, and 5 syllables in the third line). You may do so, if you can do it well without fluff words (many can’t). If you write 5/7/5, that does not make your poem more of a haiku than someone who does not write 5/7/5.

Definition of a Tanka poem

Think of a Tanka poem as a haiku’s big brother. The first three lines are written like a classic haiku, (5,7,5). The last two lines are both 7 syllables long. Like the haiku it’s an unrhymed Japanese poem recording the essence of a moment. Nature is combined with human nature to create this type of poem.

I have written three different poems. The first one is a classic or formal haiku, the second one is a modern haiku, and the third poem is a Tanka.

A Formal Or Classic Haiku

The Essence Of Haiku

Beauty of nature
Short, sweet…very descriptive
Simple elegance

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A Modern Haiku

The Baby Sleeps

Crickets chirp their serenades
Soft Lull-a-byes sung
The baby sleeps

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A Tanka Poem

Love Strikes Out

As she walks away
A teardrop forms in my eye
Soon she will be gone
My broken heart pains me
Once again love has struck out

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About ghosterb

I live in a little town in Virginia called Buffalo Junction. It's in between Clarksville and South Boston. I Love all kinds of music and poetry. I'm a night owl. I love the tranquility and mystery of the night.
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7 Responses to Haiku and…more

  1. Olivia says:

    I like the Tanka best- no biases- the word formation comes so smooth!
    Let me read through how to do these..

    Meanwhile, nice Sunday xx

  2. ghosterb says:

    Thank you Olivia! I hope you have a great Sunday as well my friend!

  3. wow, these are amazing…
    keep it up….

    love your blog, your poetry is impressive!
    Make a contribution to us today, the collection is to be closed within 24 hours.
    Thanks, we value your support. xxx

  4. I like the Tanka best as well, but all three were very good. I like to experiment with different forms of poetry. Have a great day!

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