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How to Write a Haiku Poem

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How to Write a Haiku Poem

Haiku is properly the most famous kind of poetry in the world. Many of us learned it in school, but here is your refresher course! This traditional form of Japanese poetry has been taught since ancient tmes and its masters are revered as some of the best writers of all time. We are going to show you how to write a Haiku poem that will blow away whoever your writing to. From your friends, to dates, to teachers, everyone is going to be wondering where you learned such skill. 

Start With A Theme

Brainstorm

Think about what is important to you right now. What is something that you want to share? The first thing you are going to want to do is brainstorm out some of the things you are feeling. Right down as many things as possible along with any connected ideas. This is how you find what it is you are really trying to say.

Condense It

Funnel

Now that you all of your ideas in front of you. Start synthesizing. Start putting ideas together, throw away the non-related ones and boil it down the most important. Haiku is all about brevity! So take that beauitful list of ideas and put it into one coherent thought. 

First Line

Outside Poem

The first line of a Haiku consists of five syllables. Just think about that only five! That last sentence had seven. You want to put your idea is simple language or short language that evokes a lot of imagery. We are thinking small not big here! This is where you begin you poem and put the first part of your idea. 

Line 2

German Haiku

Now you have a little more room to work with. You have seven syllables! This is going to seem like the length of a book if you mastered line 2. This is where you put the meat of your poem. This is the essential line. Think of it like a sandwich. So you have to be ready to put that critical thought in just the right amout of syllables. 

Final Line

Alaska Haiku

This is your last line and you are back down five letters. This is the most challenging line of all and this is what can make or break you haiku. It is this line that is supposed to give you reader an emotional punch and really have them feel what you are trying to say so make sure that you really think about how you want to end it. Remember you want your reader basically have to take a deep breath after reading it and say "wow." 

With these techniques, you are ready to become a Haiku master. There are so many things that you can write about and it truly is one of people's favorite styles of poetry. So get practicing because the more you do, the more of a master that you can become!

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