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About the Haiku

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The Haiku is a Japanese short poetic form that, in traditional Japanese, is made up of 3 lines with 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second and 5 in the last line. The traditional form also contains reference to season words, such as snow for Winter, sunshine for Summer, etc. However, with its adoption by other linguistic and cultural traditions, the haiku has been changed in such a way that both the syllabic structure and the focus on a seasonal theme has been changed.

As a general rule, the number of syllables in a word can be determined by the number of vowels in the word. For example, the word"rapid" has two vowels and, hence, two syllables. However, there are exceptions, such as when two vowels make only one sound, such as "sound" which has just one syllable and two vowels; or else the vowel is silent, such as in "ride" which only contains one syllable and two vowels.

I have taken to writing haiku and discovered that I'm good at it and so, I will be posting my haikus on this blog since I feel that this genre is suited to convey ideas and feelings that words don't adequately communicate. Moreover, I can say that the short form represented by the haiku encourages the reader or listener to reflect on what is being expressed. In this sense, I liken the haiku to a picture as with just not more than 17 syllables, you can say a million words.

To read all the haikus that I published online so far, please visit the Haiku Flow. Hope you enjoy! I'd love to hear what you think. So, feel free to contact me any time via e-mail!

I recently introduced a new service called Haiku 4 You where I offer to write a personalised haiku for a small fee. Of course, you're free to share the haikus you find on Haiku Flow for free any time!