ESL 553 -- Haikus


The haiku originated approximately six to seven hundred years ago in Japan. Here are some guidelines for creating a haiku:

  • It should contain three lines arranged according to a five-seven-five syllable count.
  • It must be brief. When read aloud it should be one breath-length long.
  • It must involve some aspect of nature, sometimes there is a reference to seasons.
  • The haiku must describe an event in the present, not from the future or past.
  • It must express a sense of insight or wonder.
  • It must provide images from any of the five senses.

Students like rainbows
generously cross our path
dissolving in warmth

- -Bea Lawn


Go to this link to read more about how to write haikus. Then create your own haiku in the box. When you're done, type your name and email address below and click on the submit button.

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