The Haiku project arose out of a happy circumstance. St. Kieran's College Kilkenny happened to have a Japanese student in a class involved in the SIP011 work. This prompted the idea of an e-mail link with a Japanese school. The theme of the link was to be Haiku poetry, a short lyrical verse form which originated in Japan. What is remarkable in this project is the beauty of the Haikus which were written as well as the exchanges between the students in Japan and Ireland who wrote them. Here was a creative dialogue spanning the world which honoured the tradition of LafcadioHearn, that pioneering Irish man who settled in Japan in the late 19th Century and wrote so beautifully of its culture and literature.
What is a Haiku?
Haiku is a short stylised verse form long established in Japanese literature. The brevity of the form and strictures of its metrical form demand discipline of the poet. the result is a poem of stark simplicity and lyrical beauty.
The Haiku form
the Haiku is a short verse form towhich the following rules apply.
The haiku must have 17 syllables written in 3 lines in the pattern of 5 -7 - 5 syllables
Haiku is a meditative form of poetry which seeks to make a philosophical statement about life.
Kawahigashi Hekigoto, a 19th century Japanese poet, suggested that true Haiku should lack a specific centre of interest and should be based on the poet's initial impression of mundane topics taken from daily life.
Haiku Samples from the Matsuo Basho (died 1694) one of Japan's greatest exponents of Haiku
Fallen sick on a journey,
In the cicada's cry
Haiku by Etsujin
Covered with the flowers,
these examples are reproduced courtesy of the 'HAIKU for PEOPLE' site at http://www.toyomasu.com/haiku/
SIP011 Haiku Samples
When I read this Haiku, it reminded me of a snow morning.
Opening the window,
From the forest green
The mist thickens in the air
Life remains there still.
I was very surprised! It is nice work. I can see the
Here is my respond Haiku
Under the moonlight
Links to Haiku sites on the web