In class, Lexie and her friends learned to write Haiku, a form of poetry that began in Japan. Lexie wrote one especially for Emily Grace.
Haiku follows a strict formula of 17 syllables broken into 3 lines. The first and last lines have exactly 5 syllables. The middle line has seven.
Writing a Haiku is a simple and fun form of poetry but there are a few rules to follow:
- A Haiku is very short, only 17 syllables, that are broken up into one line of 5 syllables, another of 7, and the last of another 5. Remember that many words contain more then one syllable so depending on the words you choose, you may have more then 5 (or 7) words. It's not the number of words that counts, it is the syllables. Haiku uses the senses to describe scenes from nature (sight, smell, touch, hearing, and/or taste).
- To help with syllables, clap your hands for each break in the sound of a word and count them. Reading the words outloud as you clap helps find the syllables.
- Try to keep your Haiku simple, but vivid.
|Here is Lexie's final Haiku:|| ||Her Haiku broken down by syllable |
|Emily Grace glows. || (5) Em-il-y Grace Glows. |
|Her warm smile carries friendship. || (7) Her warm smile car-ries friend-ship |
|Sunlight after rain. || (5) Sun-light af-ter rain |