Haiku Exchange

Fall 2017

Haiku Exchange- Let’s make a short poem!

Haiku is a Japanese poetry form, with roots more than 1,000 years old. Poet Masaoka Shiki (1867–1902) described haiku as "verbal sketching"—little works of art that capture something observed.

Form
A haiku has three short lines. For balance, the second line is typically longer than the other two. Traditional Japanese haiku have three parts with 5, 7, and 5 syllables per line, making 17 syllables in all.


Here and now
Haiku attempt to capture one moment in time, based on direct observation of something in front of you. Therefore, they are written in the present tense. Like a snapshot or a quick sketch, a haiku should feel spontaneous and capture the essence of something you have experienced.


Connecting with nature
Haiku is a way of looking at the world and connecting with nature. Writing haiku requires slowing down, looking at what is around you, and appreciating the small moments in life. Haiku should awaken the senses—seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, feeling—and often suggests a particular season.


Sharing with others
Haiku is about letting an object or event touch you and then sharing that experience with others. The poet and reader play a collaborative role. A poet doesn't need to describe everything—haiku should be understated, leaving something for the reader to wonder. A good haiku inspires readers to think about what the poet observed and to experience it through their own imaginations.

Here is how to participate in the Haiku Exchange:

Part I:
  1. Please make your haiku (1st line with 5 syllables, 2nd line with 7 syllables and 3rd line with 5 syllables).
  2. You need to include at least one Japanese word or phrase if you are taking Japanese I. You need to include at least two Japanese words or phrases if you are taking Japanese II.
  3. The Phase I theme is “my community.” You can describe anything you like related to your community: your town, county, state, or country.
  4. Additional material such as photos, drawings, audio or video supporting your haiku theme or idea will be assessed as an extra credit activity. Be creative! (The citation information is required if the material is not your original work and borrowed from other sources.)
  5. Please submit your best Haiku together with additional material to the dropbox of your course (Haiku Exchange Part 1) by Friday, Oct 13, 2017.


Part II:

  1. Please review Part I haiku created by students from Japan and GaVS, and make your haiku (1st line with 5 syllables, 2nd line with 7 syllables and 3rd line with 5 syllables).
  2. You need to include at least one Japanese word or phrase if you are taking Japanese I. You need to include at least two Japanese words or phrases if you are taking Japanese II.
  3. The Phase II theme is “Japan”. You can describe anything you like related to Japan.
  4. Additional material such as photos, drawings, audio or video supporting your haiku theme or idea will be assessed as an extra credit activity. Be creative! (The citation information is required if the material is not your original work and borrowed from other sources.)
  5. Please submit your best Haiku together with additional material to the dropbox of your course (Haiku Exchange Part 2) by Friday, Nov 3, 2017.