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Step 3: Haiku

The haiku is a very simple and popular form of poetry, originating in Japan. A haiku is made up of three lines, with the first having 5 syllables, the second 7, and the third 5 again. Haikus are often centered around nature or related themes.

The sea at springtime.
All day it rises and falls,
yes, rises and falls.

by Buson

Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.

by Natsume Soseki

The earliest haikus were written in Japanese, so the translated versions sometimes do not keep the 5-7-5 syllabic count.
 
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