You may already know that a haiku is a traditional Japanese poem that is very short. In just three non-rhyming lines, of five, seven, and five syllables, a haiku paints a quick picture of something in nature or that connects to seemingly unrelated things. Here is an example:
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.
- – by Matsuo Basho
- To celebrate the day, write and read haiku! You can find some haiku poems here and here.
- Bruce Lansky, the writer who runs Giggle Poetry's online “poetry class,” thinks that the strict syllable count is not the most important thing about haiku. Instead of holding to a 5-7-5 pattern, he hopes kids and other haiku writers will capture the essence of haiku by describing a natural scene in as few words as possible—and by conveying emotion with the short poem. Here's one of his haiku.
sunning on lily pad
as dragonfly darts by.
- – by Bruce Lansky
- What's a syllable?
- A syllable is a unit of sound that contains one vowel sound (although it may contain more than one vowel!).
- Counting syllables is like counting how many “beats” a word has:
the word “beat” has one syllable
the word “counting” has two syllables (count – ing)and the word “syllable” has three syllables (syl – la - ble)
- Here's a tool to help you count syllables.
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