Haiku is a poetry form that was developed in Japan and now is popular in America and other parts of the world. Haikus originated in the last years of the 19th century. Haiku is one of the shortest forms of poetry. It creates a picture in your mind about something that happens in nature or in the poet's daily life.
Haiku is written in three lines. A haiku consists of seventeen syllables. There are five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. A haiku does not have to rhyme. Some of the important qualities of haiku poetry are their lightness, simplicity, openness and depth.
Basho (1644-94) was one of the most famous haiku poets. Here are some examples of his greatest pieces:
I lie awake
This icy night.
Stabs the darkness