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Rules of Haikus

Updated on September 12, 2012

Haiku is a type of poetry founded in Japan but has now found its way to most corners of the globe. There are two types of Haikus; free flowing or fixed.

Fixed Haikus have a syllable pattern of 5,7,5 and are broken up into 3 lines. These are the most common form of haiku. You are supposed to add one seasonal reference when writing a haiku but many poets do not. Haikus were originally made just to uplift peoples spirits and were about happy things not including crime, humanity, sexual things or depressing stuff but these rules again are overlooked by some. Capitalize the first letter in every line but other than that don't follow the rules of grammar - you have poetic license!


Big tree, flashing lights
Climb, attack, chew, bite..
Locked in bathroom at night now

Want to trim my claws?
Don't even think about it!
My yelps will wake dead.

Wanna go outside.
Oh NO! Help! I got outside!
Let me back inside!

- Haikus from -

Free Form: Haikus are as the title entails "free flowing". There is no pattern to these poems but they tend to be short and sweet like the fixed ones.

Most important rule of Haiku is be creative and go write some awesome poetry ! What is your favorite Haiku? Let me know in the comments :D x


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    • Smora Laura profile image

      Laura 5 years ago from Ireland


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      Laura 5 years ago from Ireland

      No problem glad to see I helped :)

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I write haiku using the 5-7-5 style. Thanks for the tip about the grammer not required.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I love haiku! Informative piece!