ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Poetry Exercise: Simple Haiku

Updated on January 20, 2020
veemcdonald profile image

Veronica has poetry and short stories published in several literary journals. She holds an MA in Literature from American University.

"Cherry Blossoms" by Arnob Alam
"Cherry Blossoms" by Arnob Alam | Source

Introduction

It's no secret that writing poetry can be challenging. Successful poets put a lot of thought, time, and effort behind their seemingly effortless poems.

But don't let that scare or frustrate you. Anyone can write poetry! And writing poetry is actually a lot of fun. Whether you're a seasoned poet, or someone just getting their feet wet, practicing different forms of poetry and experiencing different ways to create poems make writing a fun journey of discovery.

The following exercise is part of a series of prompts. These prompts are made to help get your creative juices flowing, and push you out of your comfort zone.

You can find other poetry exercises from this series here:

Poetry Exercise #3: Write a Simple Haiku Poem

Haiku, simply defined, is a famous, compact Japanese poetic form that is traditionally 3 lines long, consisting of a total of 17 syllables.

If you look up "haiku" you will quickly learn that writing good haiku is an art. There are a lot of subtleties that go into perfecting this form. However, for the purposes of this exercise, you are not going to stress about writing the perfect poem, but rather enjoy and experiment with the form and learn to create concrete images in a few short lines.

There are a few guidelines to writing haiku:

  • The number of syllables in each line are 5 syllables - 7 syllables - 5 syllables.
  • Use these lines to create a picture, mood, or atmosphere. Try to create a concrete image.
  • Haiku typically evokes something natural or seasonal.
  • It is typically written in present tense.

Here are a couple of examples of Haiku:

On a withered branch
A crow has alighted;
Nightfall in autumn
-Bashō Matsuo

Everything I touch
with tenderness, alas,
pricks like a bramble.
-Kobayashi Issa

Have fun with it. And if you don't follow all the guidelines, don't beat yourself up. The purpose is for experimentation.

Post Your Poem

If you followed this exercise to create a haiku poem, post your poem or an excerpt in the comments. I would love to see what you come up with.

© 2020 Veronica McDonald

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • veemcdonald profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica McDonald 

      14 months ago from Alabama

      That's great, Brenda! I'm so happy this inspired you.

      John, your poem is lovely. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Veronica, I wrote a collection of haiku after this prompt. Here is one:

      Sacred lotus bloom

      Sitting silent in the pond

      Your beauty worshipped

    • Brenda Arledge profile image

      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      14 months ago from Washington Court House

      Veronica,

      Here is another one I tried.

      https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-The-Silence

      "Silence in the room"

      Thanks again for inspiring me to try Haiku.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image

      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      14 months ago from Washington Court House

      Veronica,

      Okay. I have once again tried my fate with your challenge. I have published two of them.

      https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Stir-Crazy-by-W...

      "I feel blue tonight..."

      Thanks for the inspiration.

    • veemcdonald profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica McDonald 

      15 months ago from Alabama

      Thank you, John.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This is an excellent article Veronica. I enjoy writing haiku now and then. I will see what I can come up with.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)