The basic rules:
- Simple themes, often descriptions of familiar daily situations.
- Traditionally, 3 lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively (slightly more dificult when writing in English).
- Usually divided in 2 sections, independent of each other but enriching the understanding of the other (cutting done using a colon, long dash or ellipsis at end of first or second line).
- Should contain a kigo, a season word, to indicate in which season the Haiku is set (not always as obvious as snow for winter).
For the poetically minded among us, it provides an interesting challenge to read up on some defined forms of poetry and see what we can do with them.
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