Haiku is an ancient form of poetry that originated in Japan and remains popular today.

Much like a snapshot, a haiku poem captures a moment in time. The main focus is usually a feeling or description. Traditional Japanese haiku typically describe nature, while English haiku include many different subjects.

A haiku contains 17 syllables in three lines of poetry. The first line contains five syllables, the second line features seven syllables and the third line returns to five syllables. Unlike many other forms of poetry, haiku poems do not rhyme.

Exploring the unique form of haiku can be a great way to introduce budding writers to the world of poetry. The poems are short, simple and focus on one idea, item or moment in time.

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