What I Don’t Like ‘Bout Haiku


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What I don’t like ’bout
Haiku is that when I am
Just beginning, I


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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41 Responses to What I Don’t Like ‘Bout Haiku

  1. evy says:

    Ah, but I have to disagree. Like any living literary form, haiku has evolved. For more of my thoughts on this: https://www.evyjourney.com/in-a-rut-haiku-yourself-out-of-it/ Just might change your mind.


  2. Meg Farlee says:

    I think haikus are one of the most difficult type of poetry to master. Few can do them well, expressing a complete thought or painting a vivid picture. The majority I have read just leave me scratching my head.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. 🤗🤗🤗!!! 🤣


  4. David Redpath says:

    . . . just want to shout
    without a poetic ending.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. craftysurf says:

    Best haiku in a while 😂

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Deb Whittam says:

    Now that is great – I struggle so much with the form

    Liked by 2 people

  7. your post was so clever!!!!:D

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Hi thanks for the entertaining post. Can I reblog this please? Ta!

    Liked by 2 people

  9. Abigail says:

    Haiku is certainly a test of writing ability. Any writer can express his or her thoughts in limitless words; it takes a control of perception to achieve the same in the seventeen syllables allowed by a haiku.

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    • Writing Japanese can be more difficult as it’s not based on the number of syllables, but sounds (on). For example, “Nippon” has two syllables but four on (ni-p-po-n).


      • Abigail says:

        Huh, I didn’t know that. Yes, that would make writing haiku in Japanese even more difficult. Now I’m curious about how actual Japanese haiku, not English translations of Japanese haiku, sound. I’ll have to look around for some examples…


      • diaryofmissy says:

        Japanese Haiku also includes a ‘Kigo’ or word that relates to the seasons. For example a frog would denote summer
        Tanka also requires a ‘kigo’ at least in Japanese. In English it doesn’t seem to be important.
        One of the most famous haiku I like is:
        Shizukesa ya
        Iwa ni shimi-iru
        Semi no koe
        And the song of cicadas
        Soaking into rock
        (My translation)


  10. I tried to Haiku
    but nothing seems to work well
    So you can go to

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  11. Squid says:

    😂😂😂 So accurate!!

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  12. Clever! Personally I don’t much care for poetry of any kind, and haiku drives me up a wall. But maybe that’s only because I’m not capable of writing poetry.

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  13. B. says:

    😀 😀 😀 😀

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  14. Then try a tanka
    It uses five then seven
    Syllables you see
    Another seven line four
    Seven syllables line five
    Great post

    Liked by 4 people

  15. lilie215 says:

    There was an article yesterday about the 5-7-5 no longer being definitive of haiku. And, originally the 5-7-5 referred to Japanese syllables.

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    • It has always been the ‘basic’ rules to be broken at artist’s liberty. It’s just that overdoing it doesn’t impress anyone so people don’t do it too often (^O^)


    • It’s actually sound, not syllables. That’s where the confusion starts. This is almost similar to the meter used in Chinese poetry.

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      • lilie215 says:

        OK, it has taken me forever on this dang device. I t won’t let me type Edmark. Keeps changing to Edward. Aaarrgghh! Got the spellcheck temporarily under control. Anyone know how to stop this? I’m sorry Edmark, didn’t see it to begin with. Geez.


  16. Frances D says:

    I can’t stop laughing!

    Liked by 5 people

  17. masercot says:

    Haiku from a master like Basho is a joy to read. Most haiku isn’t that.

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  18. Yes, the number of syllables is important. When I was young, I attended a new poets’ club. They provided us with a brief explanation what the original text contained and we had to strictly follow the haiku rules and make it Latvian. It was a good exercise because it made one to really choose the words and include the meaning within such very brief lines. Writing haiku and tanku is a big art, it’s not really what we are seeing on the internet when every short writing is called a haiku. I used to like exactly that: the strong alignment of poetic verbal figures within the brief pattern of syllables. It tests one whether they are good enough to being able to transfer the emotional load from their imaginative scene into a short poem.
    I like your approach explaining it, it seems funny!

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    • The system of meter used by the Japanese is different. They don’t count syllables but sounds. That’s why most Japanese haiku are a lot shorter.

      So, while I have anything against the 5-7-5 syllables being used in English, I don’t think that it should be strictly implemented. However, it’s another story if you don’t follow the proper form of an Englslish sonnet when you claim that you wrote one…


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