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HAIKU and SENRYU are miniature poems that give expression in simple language to fleeting moments of heightened awareness.

They suggest, rather than narrate.

Their "success" depends on a capacity to suggest; the thrill is of something unsaid.

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.

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