What characteristics or common features do you see on these poems?
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•Short: Haiku are very short poems! They are usually written in three (or fewer) lines. Haiku can be written in the traditional pattern of 5-7-5 syllables but they do not have to be. Most haiku in English have fewer than 17 syllables.
•One moment in time: Haiku generally describe one brief moment in time. For example, “one tombstone with a crow” tells us only about the moment of noticing the crow; we do not need to know what happened before or after.
•Images: The poems contain sensory images (not only visual, but involving other senses as well). For example, “echoes of laughter” and “metallic taste.”
•Seasonal references: You can often tell what season it is by the references in the poem. For example, “the coarse wool of my blanket” tells us it is probably winter.
•Juxtaposition: This might be difficult to notice, but the strength of successful haiku often comes from placing one image next to another. Without ex-plicit metaphor, haiku often elicit powerful reactions in the reader by use of juxta-position. For example, “harvest moon” resonates with the image of coins in a homeless man’s cup. Placing the images of the moon and the coins in the same poem suggests a relationship between the two and sparks a response in the reader.
•Everyday language: Haiku generally contain common everyday words. Nothing fancy or complicated!
•Surprise: There is often a break or shift in the poem which creates a moment of surprise or sudden awareness. This is often called the “aha” moment.
what kind of words comes to your mind when you see these pictures?