What Is Haiku?

Haiku is a Japanese poetry style that dates back to the 17th century. However, it wasn't until the 20th century that the form became popular in the west. 

Although there is no definitive style or format for English language haiku, the most well-known style is 3 lines with a total of 17 syllables (5-7-5).   Haiku often refer to nature or compare two items, events or situations. 

You can find books of haiku on many topics.  There are haiku books for babies, dogs, Jews, baseball fans, expectant mothers, rednecks,and  cats.

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