Spring is Here: Haiku

15 04 2011
The Haiku is a traditional Japanese poetry form, although it is practiced around the world in many different languages today. Haiku are very short poems that follow a strict structure. They only have three lines. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the last line also has 5 syllables. Traditional haiku feature kigo, which are words that express a season.  We thought that writing haiku poems would be a great way to celebrate Spring, National Poetry Month, and Mathematics Awareness Month!
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Spring begins shyly
With one hairpin of green grass
In a flower pot.
Richard Wright

Richard Wright was an influential African American novelist and writer. Many people don’t know that he was also a poet. Richard Wright wrote more than 4,000 haiku over the course of his lifetime!!
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Let’s break down Wright’s poem to take a closer look at the Haiku structure. We’ve put dashes between each syllable:
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Spring-be-gins-shy-ly    (5 syllables)
With-one-hair-pin-of-green-grass    (7 syllables)
In-a-flow-er-pot.    (5 syllables)

Can you write a Haiku that celebrates Spring? If you do, share it with us in the comments!

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2 responses

15 04 2011
Kate

Birds love my garden
They dig in, when I’m away
The battle is on!

15 04 2011
austinkids

Beautiful poem
Thanks for adding a comment
on our blog. You rock!

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