I'm passionate about teaching others to explore poetry. Haiku is a form that I use often. The rules of haiku include using a season word, avoiding anthropomorphism, having a shift in focus or conflicting image, and writing about one moment in nature. Haiku is a challenging form that is very rewarding as well. The 5-7-5 syllable count is not a legitimate rule of haiku. Haiku should have as few syllables as possible. Haiku can have 2 lines or more. How can haiku poets teach others that the 5-7-5=haiku rule they learned in school is false? How can we teach the beauty of this complex form?
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