Haiku for Beginners
Of all the types of poetry Haiku is the best one suited for budding artists. Why? The answer is simple: you don’t have to write pages and pages of high sounding stuff that can be appreciated only by gods. Haiku takes a far more down to earth approach. So why not give it a try?
Lets have a look into some of its rules. Rule no.1:use nothing more than three lines for a haiku. This is the cardinal rule of Haiku, so don’t even think of breaking it. So it goes without saying that brevity is the soul of haiku. Use the lowest possible number of words in a haiku. Take out all the words that mean nothing–all the function words like a, the, is, was, etc.
The second rule is to use concrete everyday images. Anything that strikes you. Anything that makes you think. Anything that causes you to ponder over life and its meaning.
Images of seasons, weather etc, works best.
A good haiku need not be highly emotional. They may just describe a situation as it really is. No emotional coloring is needed here. In fact extreme emotions like hatred and ecstasy are usually frowned upon by many poets. But loneliness in its various hues, like eerie silence, silent meditation, contemplation etc, are a recurring feature of haiku poetry. Lets take the example from Matsuo Basho, the Japanese poet who popularized haiku writes of a cicada shell:
I have given here only the basic rules of haiku. Experts differ upon other characteristics of haiku since many other haiku rules are hardly observed now.