- a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.
- a poem written in this form.
Origin of haiku
Related Words for haikurhyme, poetry, writing, verse, lyric, epic, composition, ballad, sonnet, song, beat, creation, poesy, rime, words, ode, limerick, lines, rune, haiku
Examples from the Web for haiku
Contemporary Examples of haiku
They only want a few words, more a haiku than a work of fiction.Rich People Want You to Work for Free
October 20, 2014
- an epigrammatic Japanese verse form in 17 syllables
Word Origin for haiku
1899, from Japanese, where it is singular of haikai, in haikai no renga "jesting linked-verse;" originally a succession of haiku linked together into one poem. The form developed mid-16c. "Traditionally, there is mention of a season of the year somewhere in a haiku, as a means of establishing the poem's tone, though this may be only the slightest suggestion." [Miller Williams, "Patterns of Poetry," Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1986].
A form of Japanese poetry. A haiku expresses a single feeling or impression and contains three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively.