Happy Haiku Poetry Day! Yup, that’s right, in the world of weird holidays, it’s Haiku Poetry Day. If you don’t know what haiku poetry is, or how to write a haiku poem, you’re about to learn!
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that has been around for a long time. The undisputed Haiku master is Basho, a 17th century Samurai warrior who elevated haiku to the art form it is today.
Haiku is a great way to introduce poetry to young children, because it is fairly easy to compose, as it has distinct rules. It also lets younger children practice their syllables!
Haikus use exactly 17 syllables, arranged in three lines of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and then five syllables. Traditionally, they will refer to nature or the seasons in some way. For example, here’s my haiku about Winter/Spring in Buffalo, New York.
It should be warmer
Alas! Snow lingers to May
I hate you, Winter.
So of course mine is a bit silly, but you get the idea. You’ll notice that I have a stop in the second line (Alas!) – this is also pretty traditional in haiku poetry, but it isn’t “mandatory”, like the specific number of syllables per line.
There are so many amazing activities that you can incorporate haiku with, especially as the weather gets warmer and you can head outside. Scholastic has some great ideas that would be great for both teachers and parents. My favorite is the “Haiku Goggles” activity – it’s always fun to recycle used toilet paper tubes! PBS Parents also has a super fun interactive game that lets kiddos drag and drop words to make a haiku. The is also super fun with the fridge magnet poetry sets. Make sure to check out the “Make One For Me” feature to get a few giggles with your kiddo.
Will you celebrate
this fun holiday of poems?
Happy Haiku Day!