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Postby Catherine Edmunds » Mon Jul 03, 2006 5:32 pm

More words have been written about this form than virtually any other. I'm going to keep it simple. The commonest anglicised form comprises three lines, syllable count 5-7-5. Traditionally it should be about nature. And that's it. Many writers however use any subject, and don't keep to the syllable count anyway, as it doesn't strictly relate to the Japanese form, the languages being so very different.

I like to keep to the normal syllable count, and make each line a clear statement with no enjambment (ie, they don't run on into each other), but subject-wise, anything goes.

The Guardian newspaper runs a daily haiku challenge for poems based on current news. There's a prize for the best one each week. Here's the link, if anyone fancies having a go: http://books.guardian.co.uk/games/haiku/

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Rough Justice by Louis P. Burns aka Lugh © 7th July, 2006.

Postby Louis P. Burns aka Lugh » Thu Jul 06, 2006 5:25 pm

Just saw your entry Delph mate... Well done :D

I wrote this haiku when I clicked on the Guardian link you provided above and then surfed the Guardian's pages looking for a story to inspire:-

rough justice
by Louis P. Burns aka Lugh © 7th July, 2006.
    rough justice again.
    eleven thousand. that's all.
    for a life taken!
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Postby Catherine Edmunds » Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:25 pm

Yippee!!! Didn't even notice they'd picked one of mine. Thanks for spotting it, Lugh :D

These are very satisfying to write, as you've no doubt just discovered with yours. You can say a lot in just a few words.

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Postby Louis P. Burns aka Lugh » Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:10 pm

delph_ambi wrote:Yippee!!! Didn't even notice they'd picked one of mine. Thanks for spotting it, Lugh :D

These are very satisfying to write, as you've no doubt just discovered with yours. You can say a lot in just a few words.

Yes, it's satisfying to write Haiku poetry indeed Delph... How does the Guardian thing work? I submitted my poem about the 7/7 victims, and thought the Guardian would email me back but they haven't...

Ah well. Wait and see...
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Postby Catherine Edmunds » Fri Jul 07, 2006 1:33 pm

They don't reply, I suspect, unless you win the prize for writing the best haiku that week. (I haven't received a reply, despite having a haiku posted yesterday.)


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