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 normally consists of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5. Haiku poems are usually inspired by an element of nature, a season, a moment of beauty or an individual experience or event. Sensory language is used to capture a feeling or image.
Whitecaps on the bay:
A broken signboard banging
In the April wind.
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
Celebrate National Haiku Poetry Day by creating a haiku poem of your own! 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 was registered by Sari Grandstaff in 2007 and implemented as a project of The Haiku Foundation in 2012.
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