Students will know the difference between a traditional Japanese Haiku and an English Haiku. Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of an English Haiku by selecting an image from nature and writing a haiku about the image.
Haiku poetry is a great way to get students thinking about nature and how just a few words can capture a single moment in time. Haiku poems are meant to create a vivid picture in the reader's mind and depict a natural occurrence. This lesson will help students understand the structure of a haiku poem and how it relates to nature.
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Get up and walk outside. Take a moment to look around. What little details do you notice right now, that you miss everyday because you are in a hurry rushing here or there? Find a special moment, feeling or image with in nature. Close your eyes and picture it. Think - how do you feel? What is important about this image - the details? Is there a secret or a surprising detail about the image? Does it have a story to tell?
Traditional Japanese Haiku poetry is composed of 17 units divided into three parts (5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables). Japanese Haiku poets write their poems in one line; however, in English Haiku each part is written on a separate line. It is important to divide the three parts to allow the reader time to form an image in their mind.
another blizzard; the world
goes quietly white
Moonlight casts a pale
blue light on the snow, winter
perfect, cold and brisk
The bare limbs of the
trees shiver in the wind and
speak in semaphore
Source: de Lint, Charles (2002). Winter Haiku. retrieved online April 2012 from http://www.endicott-studio.com/cofhs/chhaiku.html