Art and Tradition

Examples of Haiku and its fundamentals

Haiku is a type of poetry of Japanese origin , which consists of a short poem, composed of three verses without rhyme, of 5, 7 and 5 syllables respectively. The essence of these poems is brief, through a connection of two ideas or images separated by what is known as a kireji, which is basically a separator. Here are some examples of Haiku.

Haiku Examples


Cloudless Sky
Bright Blue Mirror
Relaxing Absolute Tranquility

Sea Wind

Lurking Storm
Sailor in Peril

The leaves fall
Nostalgia appears
Time and oblivion

I feel like I’m falling
but I don’t die
Sadly I ‘m still alive

Tears of blood
Red night moon
Dawn without you

I give you everything
And I receive nothing
What am I doing here?

You healed my wounds,
my illusions you killed, you
buried my love

Cloud that you travel
Carry the message
Tell him to come back

Living to die
is not living
is being dead

Moonless night
The tempest squeezes
the old cedars

Cut a branch
and thin it better
Through the window

To Fuji you go up
slowly, but you go up

passed Today also passed
Spring is gone

Made of air
Between pines and rocks
The poem sprouts

The dew trembles
And the purple leaves
And a hummingbird

What you should know about Haiku

It is important to mention that this type of poetry is generally based on emotions and the amazement that nature and what is around it produces in the poet. It is also a fact that by following the traditional Japanese regime, the Haiku tend to contain some reference directly or indirectly to some season of the year.

This is done through the use of the separator or through a word that evokes precisely the seasons of the year. It is normal to relate the term Haiku with Zen, however and despite the fact that Zen used Haiku to promote its philosophy , it does not represent the origin of it.

Matsuo Basho is one of the Japanese poets who is considered the father of Haiku and therefore a large number of compositions can be found. It is also important to clarify that in general, Haiku describes the phenomena of nature, in addition to the change of the seasons and basically also what happens in daily life.

His style is distinguished by its naturalness, subtlety, as well as simplicity, austerity. In addition, at the base of these poems there is a direct perception of things, which have to do with the sensible and the freedom of abstract concepts. The key to this type of poetry is a deep emotion that is generated by the way nature is perceived, it is often a melancholic emotion, but it also usually expresses joy.

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