What Is Haiku Poetry?

Old pond
a frog leaps in
water’s sound


Frog in a Pond

This is a classic haiku poem, written by the Japanese haiku master, Basho (1644-1694). It’s about a moment — just the experience of this moment — “splash!” Every haiku is an attempt to reveal, in poetic form, such a moment.

Haiku Layout

Often the first two lines set the scene, giving the reader a context. Then in the next line the poem opens to offer a moment of insight. Haiku poems are carefully created so as to lead to a “splash” that sets off ripples of thought for the reader.

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