Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Abby. Abby Wonders, “What is a haiku?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Abby!
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It's time for haiku.
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. A syllable is a unit of language that consists of an unbroken sound used to make up words. For example, the word "cat" contains one syllable, "poem" contains two syllables, and "beautiful" contains three syllables.
The 17 syllables in a haiku are divided up in a particular way. The first line of a haiku contains five syllables. The second line features seven syllables. The last line returns to five syllables.
Here are a couple of examples of haiku by Matsuo Bashō, a famous Japanese haiku poet from the 17th century:
An old silent pond…
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.
Autumn moonlight —
a worm digs silently
into the chestnut.