Assorted haiku and senryu, both classical and modern. More
Tiny Poems features assorted haiku and senryu, both classical and modern. In Japanese, the traditional 5-7-5 syllable form is a single breath. In English, a single breath is about ten syllables, the length of an iambic-pentameter line. With this in mind, many modern haiku are written in a short-long-short format, with fewer than seventeen syllables. Senryu are haiku-like poems that deal with human nature or emotions, rather than the natural world. They typically don't have a traditional season word (kigo).
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