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Megatokyo Forums > Story Discussions > I dont know how to write a haiku(sad isnt it)

Posted by: login Feb 12 2002, 01:11 AM
someone plz teach me how to write a haiku!

Posted by: Garamir Feb 12 2002, 01:24 AM

Posted by: kezra_cor Feb 12 2002, 02:47 AM
It's all about the sylables, there are 3 lines
The first has 5 sylables
The second has 7
The third has 5

Piro and Largo
Trapped in Megatokyo
How will they get home?

Or something to that effect, have fun!

PS there's also a tanka, which has 2 more lines of 7 sylables at the end

Posted by: luckyrabbit Feb 12 2002, 03:37 AM
but it's all much more complicated then the syllables
there's a certain mentality that goes with it
like, emptiness implying a vast ocean of beauty
kind of a zen/tao thing
but that can't be taught

Posted by: Garran Feb 12 2002, 12:36 PM
We on the boards, however, tend to veer away from the traditional mentality and do some things that would horrify the haiku masters of legend, such as rhyme our tanka, carry on haiku through multiple stanzas, and make liberal use of metaphor, not to mention awful puns. So don't be too intimidated by the mindset-which-cannot-be-taught (though, of course, we also appreciate the profundity and simple beauty of a haiku well-crafted in the traditional fashion, so please don't be intimidated if you do have that mindset, either happy.gif;;).

Posted by: hillarygayle Feb 12 2002, 03:16 PM
I have read a lot of amateur haiku in my life, and I have come to this conclusion. The most hilarious haiku are written people who are CRAP at creative writing.

Hillary Gayle

Posted by: 31337_h4x0r Feb 12 2002, 03:54 PM
As I understand Haiku (at least traditional Haiku), it is written 5-7-5, 7-5-7, 5-7-5 as the syllables, and has a focus/theme on nature.

Posted by: Garran Feb 12 2002, 06:25 PM
According to a site linked from the thread a very long time ago, a complete haiku is 17 syllables arranged 5-7-5, for whatever that's worth.

Your method has a touch of familiarity - I think I've seen it before, somewhere - but it doesn't seem to be all that prevalent. happy.gif;;

[Edit - My linking
Was insufficient. I am
More pleased with it now]

Posted by: Oddfellow Feb 12 2002, 06:31 PM
Haikus are easy,
Seven little syllables
Amidst five and five.

Posted by: qylvaran Feb 13 2002, 09:42 AM
Some modern writers of haiku claim that the expression of a profound moment, which is the goal of haiku, should take precedence over the exact syllable structure.

Also, according to my Japanese teacher, haiku are required to have a word or two indicating time of year. This is often a flower or other object in nature.

Posted by: hillarygayle Feb 14 2002, 12:47 PM
An anthropologist named Liza Dalby (the only non-Japanese woman to become an actual geisha) wrote a book called "The Tale of Murasaki", which is her own fictionalized account of Murasaki Shikibu, the woman who wrote "The Tale of Genji", the first known novel. Confused yet? Heh. Because I said all that to say that "The Tale of Murasaki" is set in Heian era Japan, and contains a LOT of waka, which was the poetry form that preceded haiku. It is also laid out in syllable patterns: 5-7-5-7-7. The poems in the book are actual poems known to be written by or to Murasaki Shikibu herself. Reading them helps a lot on knowing how a traditional haiku is written. They are VERY steeped in nature and season; one would never evoke the image of a summer flower in a haiku written in winter. That's TRADITIONALLY. Since most of us here are not Japanese and I'm willing to say NONE of us are very traditional, we don't REALLY have to be constrained by these rules.

Hillary Gayle

Posted by: login Feb 14 2002, 01:23 PM
Thankies for your help!*dances arounds writing haiku and reading shoujo manga*

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