What's the Appeal of Haiku?
What Is the Appeal of Haiku?
What is it about Japanese haiku that makes it so appealing to some and so difficult for others? There are versions of haiku. The traditional form is most widely attempted by poets. It appeals because of the challenge of considering your subject in nature and finding the most concise way to convey your thought to the reader while maintaining your thoughts' integrity.
The difficulty exists for the same reasons: writers are lovers of words. To reduce thoughts to its lowest common denominator, the least number of words and still express the thought, is a challenge that many poets don't care to undertake.
Haiku, the Japanese poetry first originating in the late1800s/early 1900s, can be an addictive form of writing and poetic expression. Haiku often has elements of nature throughout, usually with a seasonal focus. Japanese haiku requires the writer to condense his or her thoughts to 17 syllables, arranged in a 5-7-5 pattern of 3 verses.
However, haiku can be an enjoyable challenge as you must embrace the discipline of truly collecting your thoughts and presenting them efficiently, still retaining the beauty of the words while conveying the essential elements of the subject.
To the Creative Minds at Hubpages
The following haiku are dedicated to all the creative individuals at Hubpages, a unique group, forming a community thriving on words, art and photography.
The topics found at Hubpages are nearly limitless. The voices and styles are as unique as the hubbers. The haiku dedicated here are nontraditional in form because they are written about these special people, not about nature, as are traditional haiku.
Across all mediums, the writer, the photographer, the artist wants you to understand and to enjoy their efforts, regardless of the form their art takes. Consider these my tribute in haiku to you.
Relax and enjoy the sounds of Nature as you read.
Haiku Tribute to Hubpages Writers
Words blocked until,
Gazing at the sunset's ebb,
Words flow like waterfalls.
That aha! moment
When words wink, then burn brightly,
like fireworks filling voids.
Penned by lovers
Words softly caress each page
Sad then gay, in turns.
Even as we dance,
Bold words fly across white pages,
Leaping from our minds.
Anxiously we wait
For the Muse to seal our fate.
The brush, the pen to speak.
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Haiku can express in a few words the ebb and flow of a relationship.
- The Simplicity of Haiku
© 2012 Cynthia B Turner