Friday, November 11, 2016
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A Haiku poem only has three lines. But there is a specific syllable count (with some leniency for creativity). The syllable count is generally five syllables for the first line, seven for the second line and seven syllables again for the final line. Haiku doesn’t rhyme. A Haiku must “paint” a mental image in the reader’s mind. This is the challenge of Haiku – to put the poem’s meaning and imagery in the reader’s mind normally with only 17 syllables over just three lines of poetry.