Heart Mountain Bungei: Haiku

Haiku: Haiku is the version of Japanese poetry most familiar to English speakers. It is a very short form of poetry consisting of a 5-7-5 syllable structure. It is distinguished from senryū by the use of kigo, or season-words, that link each haiku to a particular time of year. Haiku traditionally are expected to evoke a sense of the human condition by capturing a particular moment and avoiding the use of personal pronouns like I, we, you, us, etc. Haiku are also supposed to avoid using metaphor.