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Does it bother you when people call any short poem a haiku?

As a haiku poet, does it bother you when people write a short poem, usually one that follows a 5-7-5 syllable pattern, and call it a haiku? Don't you wish people would learn what haiku is? I love the form, but I'm usually let down by what passes as haiku. Do you think there is a way to teach poets what haiku really is rather than the misinformation that is spread about syllable count? What would it take for people to learn the true meaning of haiku, as defined by the Haiku Society of America, for example?

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Andrew Spacey (chef-de-jour) says

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    MickS 3 years ago

    I read somewhere that the stuff produced by Basho wasn't haiku. That he was a progenerator of haiku, in the same way that Turner is considered a progenerator of Impressionism.

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snakeslane says

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    Sheila Wilson 3 years ago

    Thank you for your answer. It's sad to see that Hubpages' definition of haiku is wrong. smh You raise some excellent points in your answer.

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P. Thorpe Christiansen (duffsmom) says

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    snakeslane 3 years ago

    There is also some really good poetry on this site (and some very knowlegeable writers).

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Amber Vyn says

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