Thursday, April 11, 2013
April is National Poetry Month!
In honor of National Poetry Month, I tried writing a haiku. What's Haiku says you? Haiku are short poems that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty or a poignant experience. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets, and the form was adapted to English and other languages by poets in other countries. Read on to learn how to write one yourself.
Japanese haiku traditionally consist of 17 on, or sounds, divided into three phrases: 5 sounds, 7 sounds, and 5 sounds. English poets originally interpreted these sound units as syllables. Since English syllables vary greatly in length, while Japanese on are uniformly short, adapting the 5-7-5 structure to English produces a poem that is longer than a traditional Japanese haiku.
Check out how to write a haiku here!
Icy rain beats down
Mother Goose won't leave her nest
It is her duty.
I'm sure you can compose a haiku that tops mine - try it! In case you are really inspired by poetry, or would love to read something new, check out our April display of books in verse in the teen section!