Haiku



[hahy-koo] /ˈhaɪ ku/

noun, plural haiku for 2.
1.
a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.
2.
a poem written in this form.
/ˈhaɪkuː/
noun (pl) -ku
1.
an epigrammatic Japanese verse form in 17 syllables
n.

1899, from Japanese, where it is singular of haikai, in haikai no renga “jesting linked-verse;” originally a succession of haiku linked together into one poem. The form developed mid-16c. “Traditionally, there is mention of a season of the year somewhere in a haiku, as a means of establishing the poem’s tone, though this may be only the slightest suggestion.” [Miller Williams, “Patterns of Poetry,” Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University, 1986].
haiku [(heye-kooh)]

A form of Japanese poetry. A haiku expresses a single feeling or impression and contains three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, respectively.

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