Your first three haiku:
Attribute of the classical haiku:
This is the Japanese for 'Season Word'.
Many words are accepted traditionally by the Japanese as denoting the seasons
and are recorded in almanacs.
An example for English speakers is the word 'Snow'
and how it indicates the season of Winter.
Consider how the Kigo brings resonance with it of nature and the time of year.
Note that a Japanese noun can represent the plural as well as the singular. Therefore Kigo also means: 'Season Words'.
Juxtaposition of images.
In one line you have your 'Season Word(s)'.
Put your second image in the other two lines.
Consider the energy between your two images. Try to make them different enough to have some energy between them, a gap that electricity can jump across.
Traditionally Japanese has no punctuation. Often a Japanese haiku connects its images by a kireji (cutting word). That's similar to the way in English we say, "dot dot dot" or "quote".
A haiku in Japanese is written in a single vertical line of three phrases, with a standard rhythm that provides pauses after the first and second phrase. In English, translators have inserted line breaks to signify this pause.
The line break can be enough; or use an em-dash or ellipsis.
|Jump-start your poetry with ideas from our writing exercises.|
|Other exercises: Index. "Alien". Haiku. Spell casting. Write a poem like Billy Collins.|
Books of Poetry Form.
Highlights of Poetry.
Index of poetry.
How to Write Your Poetry.
How to Listen to Poetry. Recommended books on Reading Poetry.
|Log of books read.|
Poetry exercises with poetry forms:
Forms of skaldic verse.
Haibun. Haiku. Hay(na)ku. Rengay. Tanka.
Concrete. Ghazal. Lai. Pantoum. Rondeau. Rubáiyát. Sestina. Sonnet. Terza rima. Triolet. Tritina. Villanelle.
Billy Collins and exercise. Franz Wright. J. Zimmerman. J. Zimmerman (haiku). J. Zimmerman (tanka).
Jack Gilbert. Jorie Graham. Karen Braucher. Len Anderson.
Li-Young Lee. Linda Pastan. Nordic Skalds. Richard Hugo's Triggering Town. W.S. Merwin. Adam Zagajewski.
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