Haiku



Haiku

Haiku :

Haiku is a Japanese three-line poem, usually having 17 syllables and expresses a single thought. English imitations of the haiku are also very popular.

COBRA

His jewelled crown

and hypnotic sway enthral;

beware the lethal fangs.

NIGHT

Clouds appear

and bring to men a chance to rest

looking at the moon.

ALONE

Won’t you come and see

loneliness? Just one leaf

from the Kiri tree.

The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.

Haiku :

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