posted on May 27, 2017

Haiku is a type of Japanese poetry written in 3 lines and in 17 syllables with the 5-7-5 syllable structure. What’s important in writing haiku, which is the characteristic of haiku as well, is ①watching carefully and telling what really happens, not telling how you feel about it ②using succinct and precise words, not unclear and wordy words ③including a word relating to nature or a particular season.

 

Haiku by Kyoshi Takahama (1874~1959)

大空の               Cherry flowers

             鏡の如き                                   bloom in full, like

                          桜かな                                       a mirror to the sky.

 

This haiku depicts the scene of blooming cherry flowers which reflect the light from the blue sky and shine like a mirror to the sky.

 

Haiku by Yosa Buson(1716~1783)

春の水             The stream in spring

すみれつばなを                                   flows swiftly, wetting

     ぬらし行(いく)                                    violets and wild grasses.

Even a small stream in a valley has a lot of water in spring because of melted snow water flowing down from above. The swift flow of the stream runs down wetting violets and wild grass on embankments. Buson expressed the scene in this haiku.