Haiku Poetry


Definition of Haiku:
Un-rhymed verse consisting of three lines containing 5, 7, 5 syllables respectively.  Of Japanese origin.



Example of Haiku #1:

Old Pond, by Basho

Furuike ya
kawazu tobikomu
mizu no oto

Literal Translation:

Fu-ru (old) i-ke (pond) ya,
ka-wa-zu (frog) to-bi-ko-mu (jumping into)
mi-zu (water) no o-to (sound)

Translated by Fumiko Saisho


Example of haiku #2:

By Basho

Why so scrawny, cat?
starving for fat fish or mice . . .
Or backyard love?


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Haiku poetry:
  • Definition of haiku
  • Examples of haiku
  • Examples of authors using haiku
  • Explanation of how haiku is used



Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices like haiku helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of haiku, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 


Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices such as haiku.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

Slideshow:    Haiku

Haiku Video



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See also:    Limerick