The Haiku Project


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 dreams I run wildly
Over a withered moor

In the cicada's cry
No sign can foretell
How soon it must die

Haiku by Etsujin

Covered with the flowers,
Instantly I'd like to die
In this dream of ours!

these examples are reproduced courtesy of the 'HAIKU for PEOPLE' site at



SIP011 Haiku Samples

When the snow falls down,
It is like a white carpet,
Covering the land.

Kieran H.

When I read this Haiku, it reminded me of a snow morning.

Opening the window,
Mountains and yard are white,
it makes me happy.

Sawako M.

From the forest green
The mist thickens in the air
Life remains there still.

Denis Parsons.

I was very surprised! It is nice work. I can see the beautiful
scenery. Reading this haiku, I began to feel at ease and gently!

Here is my respond Haiku

Under the moonlight
The ocean is calm and shining
This is our home, from long time.

Yusuke Eto.



Links to Haiku sites on the web


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