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Abbreviated Haiku I

Type:  

Structure, Metrical Requirement, Other Requirement, Simple

 
Description: 

There are two versions of structures that are referred to as Abbreviated Haiku: The first is a poem with the feel of a haiku, but in two lines, one with seven syllables, the second with two syllables. The nature reference found in the haiku is not mandatory but encouraged.

 
Notes: 

Because the poet's working room is so very limited, every word counts. Articles? Who needs them? Adjectives and adverbs? Better be sparing. Just get to the metaphor or action.

 
Origin: 

Japanese

 
Schematic: 
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Strengths: 

This short form is best for a very dense image or short "story."

 
Weaknesses: 

Being only nine syllables to the entire poem, it has limited range for expression.

 
Starting Point: 

As with all haiku, the best starting point is the metaphor, the comparison between a natural event or cycle and the subject of the poem.

 
Rhythm/Stanza Length: 

2

 
Line/Poem Length: 

2

 
See Also:  

Haiku, Syllabic Verse, Tanka

 
Status: 

Complete

 

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