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What is Japanese Haiku?

As per britanica.com, the haiku first emerged in Japanese literature during the 17th century, as a terse reaction to elaborate poetic traditions, though it did not become known by the name haiku until the 19th century.

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Haiku is a simple yet intense form of poetry that captivates the reader into the unknown of creativity and self discovery. Haiku composition and recitation has been practiced for centuries due to its amazing healing properties and Zen characteristics. Japanese Haiku allows the reader and composer to be fully in the moment when experiencing the beauty and simplicity life has to offer.

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This form of writing poetry began with compositions by Japanese monks and other Eastern Asian cultures. From there, forms of haiku have spread all over the world and transformed into various artistic interpretations. Traditional haiku can be broken down into three lines of numbered syllables. The first line contains 5 syllables, the second line contains 7 syllables, and the third line contains 5 syllables.

The shortness of the poems reflects the morals of Zen philosophy which emphasizes the art of being in the moment. Haiku expression has been transformed over the years with many composers adding their own flare and twist to the art. Haiku is a deceptively simple form of poetry, meant to stop the mind to allow the reader and writer to just be.

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