A I K U S P
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HAIKU and SENRYU are miniature poems that give expression
language to fleeting moments of heightened awareness.
They suggest, rather than narrate.
Their "success" depends on a capacity to suggest; the thrill is of
The form of three lines arranged in 5-7-5 syllables is not an essential
but a guide.
Deliberate rhyme is considered "too much".
HAIKU takes as subject natural situations and traditionally employ a
word suggestive of the season (kigo).
SENRYU treat of human situations, often humourous or satirical. One is
the "flipside" of the other.