Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is often taught in school. You may have been taught to write this poetry using 5 syllables for the first line, 7 syllables for the second line and 5 syllables for the third and final line. This is perfectly acceptable, however it’s not necessarily the traditional way.
The reason for this is that English syllables and Japanese syllables do not work in the exact same way. In English we are dealing with part of a word that contains a single vowel sound and is pronounced as a unit. In the Japanese language, a “syllable” is simply a chunk of sound. Unless you speak Japanese – You’re going to write your Haiku the English way, so don’t worry too much about it. It’s just a great thing to know the TRUTH about Haiku.
One of the traditions of Japanese Haiku you can include in your English Haiku is to make your poem about nature.
To help you on National Haiku Day I have these FREE files from my Poetry Made Easy Product!
If you would like a larger poetry curriculum the power point and worksheet set are available!
The poetry styles included are:
There are instructions for writing each style at least one sample poem and printable templates for learners to use to write their poems.
You can preview the printable worksheets below.
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