Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Haiku - brevity above all

I see there's a Haiku event coming up in June at the Albion Hotel in Broadstairs. Full details on the ThanetCAN blog.

If you didn't know already, Haiku is a Japanese poetry form that requires you - in the English version at least - to say something brilliant in just 17 syllables over three lines. Very minimalist, occasionally very funny, and surprisingly challenging and yet highly absorbing.

My favourite, quoted in the Wikipedia entry for Haiku is by John Cooper Clark:

To express oneself
in seventeen syllables
is very diffic

1 comment:

Adem said...

It's also worth noting that the first line should have 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables, and the third 5 syllables.

Oh look a fire
Where on this earth can i be?
I am in Thanet!

Hmm... not as easy as it sounds....