Zone Out! Writing Prompt of the Week

It can be difficult to find that singular word that says everything a writer is trying to express. The meaning of each word is important in poetry. A good example of this is the haiku. It is derived from the Japanese, and is usually seventeen syllables organized into three lines of five, seven, and five syllables.  Due to English translations, and language differences, haikus are often only approximated, since a Japanese haiku exists in time (its syllables have duration). These poems usually deliver an intense emotion or brilliant image of nature. In the Japanese culture, this is intended with a spritual message.

Challenge yourself to write a haiku of your own. If you need inspiration, look outside your window. Think about the changing seasons. Does one particular season make you feel differently compared to another season?

This information about haikus is from Michael Meyer’s published book The Bedford Introduction to Literature.


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