Peace in Winter – Haiku

Peace maker Kurogane
Peace maker Kurogane

Over the wintry
forest, winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow.

– Soseki

Haiku Poetry

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry used to describe nature. It is particularly good when used to describe emotions in relation to the seasons. This hub contains haiku poems relating to winter weather.

The classic form of haiku poetry writing is thought to originate in 17th century Japan. There are examples of haiku poems published in Europe during the 18th century, but it was not until the late 20th century that writing poems as haiku became really popular worldwide.

The rules of writing modern haiku vary depending on the country. North American haiku are usually written as a three line poem with a total of 17 syllables. These are split so that the first line has five syllables, the second has seven and the third finishes with five syllables.

Snowflakes glitter on
the sidewalk, the sound of cars
swallowed by snowdrifts

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