Haiku style and format varies slightly depending on whom one is talking to, but the basic, most widely recognized form is a 3 line stanza with a 5,7,5 syllable pattern. Try them out and submit some to us!
An example of this basic form would be this:
Think of me sometimes
When our lives are miles apart
As you promised to.
- Sorrow Frankly
Now, that wasn't all that wonderful of a haiku, but it is good enough to show you the basic form.
Tangerine!, however, since we are a poetry site extraordinaire, likes to play with other versions:
A 5,7,5,7,5 version (actually called a Tanka), an example being:
I most think of you
When the sky is filled with stars
And my heart's love-filled
With emotion that's kept in
To hide it from you.
Also, a 3,5,3 version, for those who think that they can be very concise:
In its angry wake
My tears fall.
- Maddie Hunter
Also you can just throw meaningful words together without worrying about how long the lines are exactly, but if you put too many words, it won't really be haiku, it will be regular blank or free verse, so be careful!
Here's an example
Once in the sky
Calling to the wind
- Dew Dropping
There are many other haiku sites besides ours, and some of them are just for haiku, so you may want to check these out. Unfortunately, unlike Tangerine!, they don't appreciate the true, haiku-type beauty of a 5,7,5,7,5 (Tanka) or 3,5,3 poem, so you may want to stick with us. . .
Christmas Haiku Yes, we know it's not Christmas anymore, but we're always in the Christmas spirit and they're cute, so check them anyway!
Computer Generated Haiku These make little to no sense, but they're good for a laugh, anyway.
HAIKU for PEOPLE! This page give a lot more description about haiku and more traditional forms of it, as well as displaying a lot of poetry by famous haiku artists. Pretty Cool.
Happy Haiku Land This site will also host your haiku's though unlike us they are only for haiku. A nice, crinkled paper type background.
Logos & Haiku The guy who runs this site has actually won prizes for some of his poetry, so he must know what he's talking about. We don't really like the bright, cornflower blue type color of his background, but hey, we can generously overlook that for such a cool page!
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