One of my kids found me in the midst of this project the other day, and what followed was a bit of spirited discourse over whether my assertion was true that haiku is poetry, not a math problem. He’d been taught haiku as a straight-up 5-7-5 triplet. I won, of course, because I’m the parent. And besides, I’d done the research. I laid my “You don’t speak Japanese” trump card on the desk and he left my office grumbling.
It seems when Bashō encouraged would-be poets to “learn the rules and then forget them, ” he knew there would be far more views on how to write haiku than syllables in the compact poetic form. We’ve gathered up the best advice in this helpful haiku infographic to help you Boost Your Haiku High-Q.
I have to tell you. When I read that one haiku expert suggested haiku was “not fun, ” I knew he’d never visited Tweetspeak. We broke that rule right out of the gate.
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Post by Will Willingham.
How to Write a Poem uses images like the buzz, the switch, the wave—from the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry”—to guide writers into new ways of writing poems. Excellent teaching tool. Anthology and prompts included.
“How to Write a Poem is a classroom must-have.”
—Callie Feyen, English Teacher, Maryland