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▪ And what country originated the haiku?
▪ Below are a few haiku written by students in a writing class.
▪ Conversation hearts have their own form of haiku.
▪ How far, for instance, do Middle-March and an imagist haiku resemble each other?
▪ It was as if he had conceived a latterday, visual version of the sonnet or the haiku.
▪ The haiku was one which ended with a downward cut, followed by a single outward thrust.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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].


n. A Japanese poem of a specific form, consisting of three lines, the first and last consisting of five morae, and the second consisting of seven morae, usually with an emphasis on the season or a naturalistic theme.


n. an epigrammatic Japanese verse form of three short lines

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Population (2000): 6578
Housing Units (2000): 2454
Land area (2000): 15.755798 sq. miles (40.807327 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 2.245809 sq. miles (5.816618 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 18.001607 sq. miles (46.623945 sq. km)
FIPS code: 09260
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Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
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(plural haiku) is a very short form of Japanese poetry. It is typically characterised by three qualities:

  • The essence of haiku is "cutting" (kiru). This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji ("cutting word") between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
  • Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae though often loosely translated as "syllables"), in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 on respectively.
  • A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words.

are increasingly unlikely to follow the tradition of 17 on or to take nature as their subject, but the use of juxtaposition continues to be honored in both traditional and modern haiku. There is a common, although relatively recent, perception that the images juxtaposed must be directly observed everyday objects or occurrences.

In Japanese, haiku are traditionally printed in a single vertical line while haiku in English often appear in three lines to parallel the three phrases of Japanese haiku.

Previously called hokku, haiku was given its current name by the Japanese writer Masaoka Shiki at the end of the 19th century.

Haiku (operating system)

Haiku is a free and open-source operating system compatible with the now discontinued BeOS. Its development began in 2001, and the operating system became self-hosting in 2008. The first alpha release was made in September 2009, and the most recent was November 2012; development is continuing as of 2016.

Haiku is supported by Haiku, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Rochester, New York, US, founded in 2003 by former project leader Michael Phipps.

Haiku (disambiguation)

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry.

Haiku may also refer to:

  • Haiku in English, the English-language derivative of the Japanese poetic form
  • Haiku (album), a 1995 jazz album by saxophonist Lee Konitz
  • Haiku (operating system), an open-source re-creation of BeOS
  • Haiku, Hawaii
  • Haiku-Pauwela, Hawaii
  • Haiku Valley, a valley in the Koolau Range in the Hawaiian Islands
  • 12477 Haiku is a main-belt asteroid
  • Haiku (2015 film), a Tamil film
Haiku (OS)
Haiku (album)

Haiku is an album by trumpeter/bandleader Don Ellis recorded in 1973 and released on the MPS label.

Usage examples of "haiku".

No criticism is intended of the Meiji haijin, whose haiku are of extreme power.

But their adjustments of the haiku, valid and profoundly moving as they were, the Japanese public in general found almost incomprehensible.

The haiku, always intended to be of the widest, of universal interest, was becoming possible only to a smaller and smaller group of people who wrote more and more just for one another to read.

Shiki began to look for a simplified manner of haiku, one which would not demand the great powers of mind required for the Tokugawa style, but which would somehow continue the essential character of the haiku itself.

By the pillow, jotted down on a piece of paper were his last haiku, written during the final moments of his life - indeed the handwriting on the paper copy grows feebler towards its close.

The larger joke is in the way the haiku burlesques statements found in Buddhist biographies, that while lotuses were in flower some person dying obtained birth in the Amida Paradise, Sukhavati.

He also begins intensive reading of Tokugawa haiku gathering together a vast collection of the haiku extracted from these books.

February - Consults the famous novelist Rohan, also a student of the haiku, about the novel, and as a consequence determines to devote his efforts towards the haiku.

December 1 - Becomes a regular writer on haiku and literary matters for the Nihon Shimbun, a large newspaper.

Initiates his great work on behalf of the haiku in the public press in association with Meisetsu, Shou and others.

Shiki begin in Matsuyama a magazine of the haiku dedicated to his teaching, which they call Hototogisu.

Begins to issue a collection of the new haiku of his school chosen by him and arranged in four volumes under the titles, Ham, Natsu, Aki, Fuyu -Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter.

It is a species of cuckoo, but its note, so often mentioned in haiku and in other forms of Japanese poetry, is not what this seems to imply.

In the grasp of the import of this conception lies the attainment of the vitality of the haiku that Shiki possessed.

Shikoku, and in the country of Tosa which is neighbor to the country of Iyo he taught a kind of simplified form of the haiku which did not require the long training of the strict haiku.