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The basics. The rules are there are no rules.
So long live the rules. And stop counting syllables.

Illustrations by kind permission of Eri Takase, http://www.takase.com/
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In a nutshell -
history and weblinks
The basics
- some key pointers about style
Haiku gallery -
classic and contemporary with musical accompanimentt

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A haiku has three lines of five, seven and five syllables, right?

Sort of. The 5-7-5 structure is based on the Japanese form, but their syllables are shorter than Western ones.

That's why Eastern haiku don't translate into seventeen English syllables and vice versa



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The pond and the river
Have become one,
In the spring rain


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