Learn to Haiku in 3 Minutes!

Updated: Jul 2, 2020

Happy National Poetry Month! Although social distancing orders are in place, the great outdoors are open for business, and what a better time to seek some nature inspiration and put the good ol’ pen to paper!

One special style of poem that comes from Japan is called a Haiku. This type of poem is only three lines, with the first and last lines adding up to just 5 syllables each and the middle line equaling to 7 syllables.

Here’s an example:

What’s great about Haiku poems is that they can be relatively simple and don’t need to rhyme…and you can write one about absolutely anything! When coming up with a topic to write about, consider the things that inspire you and make your heart sing. You can also write about something funny or heartfelt, a memory from a moving experience that you’ve lived through, your dog or cat or fish, a crack in the ceiling, one crazy delicious ice cream cone, or truly anything that comes to mind! For the above poem, our ELC author considered a current topic that’s relatable to many people right now, along with something she loves and brings her peace: the great outdoors!

When writing your Haiku, remember:

  • A good Haiku poem says a lot in few words

  • Count your syllables out loud to make sure they follow the 5 – 7 – 5 rule

  • Having trouble finding the right words to get your message across? Let a thesaurus be your new best friend (pro tip: using a Google search, type “synonyms for” + the word you’d like to express in your writing to discover creative alternatives)

We hope this post has helped inspire you to explore the ins and outs of creating an amazing Haiku poem and we wish you luck on your verbal expression endeavors! Don’t forget (as they say): you’re a poet and you didn’t even know it! So strut your stuff and show off your skills in the comments or tag us in your poem using #DiscoverELC. If you’d like additional information or resources on how to write a captivating Haiku, please contact our education staff at elceducationteam@gmail.com

Activity Time:

Varies: 5-20 minutes

Find a topic of interest to you and write a Haiku poem! We encourage seeking inspiration through nature. The structure of a Haiku is: 5 - 7 - 5 syllables. Post your unique creations in the comments on our Facebook page!

Happy writing!


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