Angel L Villanueva

Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. The best definition I've seen for it is that it is "a minimalist form of unrhymed poetry consisting of seventeen syllables."

While many poets write Haiku of less than seventeen syllables, traditionally it consists of three lines, with the first and last line limited to five syllables and the middle to seven syllables. There are also groups who adhere to a stricter form of Haiku writing, such as no titles and no capitalization.

Haiku focuses on nature, while senryu highlights the foibles of human nature.

Conveying thoughts with so very few words is definitely a challenge. Though it makes for a very short poem, much can be beautifully expressed within those very few lines.

I don't write much in these forms, but they still hold an appeal.

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