Fall 2015 Haiku Contest

Fall 2015 Haiku Contest


Consider me
As one who loved poetry
And persimmons.

~ Shiki

VC Voices is hosting its second Haiku contest for the Fall 2015 semester. And once again, our readers will be the judges.  The haiku with the most “Likes” will receive a VC Voices award in December.

Whether you are a novice or published poet, please try your hand at haiku and vote for your favorites.

Please be sure to select the Haiku category under Poetry so that readers can quickly find your post.

WHAT IS A HAIKU?

A haiku is an unrhymed three-line poem. It is based on a traditional Japanese poetic form.

Though there are different ways to write haiku, the traditional pattern in English is to write the first and last lines with five syllables each, and the middle line with seven syllables. In other words, the pattern of syllables looks like this:

Line 1: 5 syllables
Line 2: 7 syllables
Line 3: 5 syllables

Here’s another way to visualize the same thing:

1 2 3 4 5
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 2 3 4 5

Haiku poems often offer at least one line about nature and, in some traditions, the last line of a haiku makes an observation. Of course, we welcome less traditional haiku as well.

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