It's national poetry month! Yay for all us nerdy poets in the world. :)
I've been learning about how to write Haiku lately, so I figured I'd dedicate my contribution to poetry month to the fabulous art of Haiku.
Let's begin. In order to write traditional Haiku, you must:
- Have three lines. The first must be 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables, and the third 5 syllables again.
- Have a seasonal reference. (i.e. Spring, Winter, Summer, etc.)
- Have a surprise ending (sometimes beginning).
- Have two sensory descriptions.
Here's an example of one of mine:
A Spring's risen sun,
A promise of hope to keep,
Too bad Mondays lie.
There I have my three lines, the seasonal reference (Spring), and my two sensory descriptions (risen sun and Mondays lie), and my surprise ending.
I was reading in my Writer's Digest that some writers of Haiku have chosen to not limit themselves with the syllable count. That's fine too, but adhering to them makes it a bit more interesting and challenging for me.
For more poetry fun, head over to Rena Traxel's blog. I was lucky enough to be a part of her month of poetry. You can read my interview here. She will be featured here in an author interview on Thursday. I hope you will stop back by then.
Now it's time to have some fun. Take a moment and write a Haiku (traditional or not), and post it in the comment section. :)