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Friday, June 1, 2012

The Poetry Pit ~ Haiku!

Dear Readers,

Once again, it is time for the brand new Poetry Pit, but this time it is going to be a little different.  Today I will focus on a special kind of poetry called haiku! Haiku is a short type of poem that comes from Japan.

Haiku has:  three lines, seventeen syllables, and is usually about nature.  The pattern for the syllables in the haiku is:
5 syllables
7 syllables
5 syllables

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Here are some tips to help you write a haiku!

First, pick something in nature to write about.
Next, brainstorm as many adjectives, verbs, or phrases that go with that topic.
Finally, choose the best words and phrases.

Be sure it follows the rules of haiku.

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TOPIC:  spring

BRAINSTORM:  roses, daisies, iris, golden poppies, tulips, sunflowers blooming, blossoming, sunshine, grasses popping up, quails, robins hopping, bunnies, puppies, hatching, trees popping out fruit


Red tulips blooming.
Bunnies nibble new green grass
Fruits juicy and sweet!

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TOPIC:  deer
BRAINSTORM:  brown, furry, doe, roam, antlers, enormous ears.  


They roam in the field.
Enormous ears pointing up
A brown furry doe!

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Can you write a haiku?
What helped you learn how to do a haiku?
Can you name any other types of poetry?




  1. Dear Sasha,

    Your post taught me about what a haiku is! I never knew until now, so I guess I should say thank you! Thank you! To answer another one of your questions, I will write a haiku.

    Here is my haiku: Topic bees

    I hear them buzzing
    Flying in the new blue sky
    Collecting honey

    What did you think of my haiku?

    Your friend,

  2. Dear Sasha,

    I love how you explain a style of poetry so others can learn along with you!

    Haiku is one of my favorite types of poetry. It's beautiful to write and I love reading Haiku out loud. Do you ever read poetry out loud? It really brings it to life!

    I will now attempt some Haiku!

    Topic: sunflowers
    Brainstorm: yellow, happy, follow the sun, joyful, thick stalk, edible seeds,
    Choose and compose:

    Flowering yellow
    Thick stalk, reaches for the sun
    Happiness in bloom!

    I challenge you to write another poem in your reply to me! Good luck!

    Your proud teacher,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  3. Dear Sasha,

    You're the subject of my Haiku as you're also part of the natural world.

    Sasha’s blogging posts
    Always fascinate readers
    Haiku, what a task!

    A fellow blogger who enjoys writing challenges,
    Teacher, NSW, Australia

    1. Dear Mr. Mannell,

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment on my blog, and thank you again for writing the haiku about me! Although, I don't see how I could be nature. I mean we all are living, but we don't live in the wild. I have another haiku for you!

      Flower's blooming fast
      Great green grass is growing tall
      Animal's running.

      Do you know any other types of poetry?

      Your blogging buddy,

  4. Dear Sasha,

    I love the way you explained how a Haiku is done!

    I have never been very good at haikus, but I will try my best:

    Topic: deer

    Watch as the deer run
    So gracefully in the snow
    A baby in tow

    I could think of two types of poetry, Sonnet and Tonka. Tonka is a form of Japanese poetry where there are five lines, the first and third have five syllables and the others seven.

    Your friend,

    1. Dear Leila,

      Thank you for leaving a magnificent comment on my blog! I actually think that you are quite good at haikus based on the one you wrote on my blog. I have a question for you. What does a baby in tow mean? I guess that is the beautiful part about poetry, you always learn new things!

      Thank you for telling me about a couple types of poetry! Now, I don't have to worry about what I am going to do next! I have a haiku for you.

      Different colors
      All the plants are showing life
      The nice breeze blowing!

      Can you make a Tonka or Sonnet?

      Your friend,

    2. Dear Sasha,

      Thank you commenting back to me! I really enjoyed reading your lovely comment. A baby in tow means that a baby is following you.

      Here is another haiku for you:

      Topic: Waterfall

      Watch as it pours down
      So gracefully in the lake
      Lovely waterfall

      Here is a Tonka for you:

      Topic: Mountains

      Beautiful mountain
      Roaring river runs through it
      Cold snow covered rocks
      Naked trees covered with frost
      Majestic in winter sun

      Your Friend,

  5. Dear Sasha,

    I adore your haiku post.

    Here is my haiku and the topic is summer:

    Hummingbirds fly by
    a butterfly rests calmly
    the smell of summer.

    And here is a Tanka poem about my front yard:

    Purple flowers bloom
    A greyhound sleeping soundly
    An old gate removed
    To make room for more running
    Me on my rope-swing happy.

    Have great summer!