NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY
Observed annually on April 17, National Haiku Poetry Day encourages all to try their hand in creativity. Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is non-rhyming and usually consists of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5. Usually, an element of nature, a season, moment of beauty, or an individual experience inspires haiku poems. Sensory language is used to capture a feeling, image or moment.
Whitecaps on the bay:
A broken signboard banging
In the April wind.
As one of the world’s oldest and regularly used poetry, some recognizable poets wrote many haiku. While the most well-known is Matsuo Basho, others we may recognize are William Blake, T.S. Eliot, or Maya Angelou. And as small as the poem may be, they can be quite challenging to write. Try capturing an entire moment or emotion in 17 syllables and getting it right.
However, English haiku does not always follow the strict syllable count found in Japanese haiku. The typical length of haiku found in English language journals is 10-14 syllables versus the 5-7-5 syllables used in the Japanese language.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHaikuPoetryDay
Celebrate by creating a haiku poem of your own! What will you use for inspiration? Take a walk and draw from the world around you. Encourage friends to join you and share your haiku. Be sure to include one or two senses in your poems, such as touch or sound. Spend time reading haiku poetry, too. Post your Haiku poem on social media using #NationalHaikuPoetryDay.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for a project linked to National Haiku Day.
NATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY HISTORY
Sari Granstaff registered National Haiku Poetry Day in 2007, and The Haiku Foundation implemented the day as a project in 2012.
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