Monday, June 20, 2011

Poetry- Haiku

I've decided to switch from having a book review today to writing poetry. Today we'll learn about Haiku (plural form, you don't add an S to the end). 

A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that consists of 17 syllables. The poems are usually written in lines of 5, 7, 5. 

An example of my own: 

Fog rests on the lake
Guarding secrets from our eyes
They wish they were known

In this poem the line "Fog rests on the lake" has five syllables. The next line has seven and the last line has five again. Usually a haiku might contain an image (one that forms in the mind) or a reference to a season. Haiku also rarely ever rhyme. They are short, fun and interesting. 

Here's another example: 
An old silent pond...
A frog jumps into the pond,
splash! Silence again.

~ Basho

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Have you ever tried writing a haiku? Could you show us an example of one that you've written? 

Today's Video- Weird Al' Yankovic
Weird Al has some other videos than the ones I posted and if you enjoy funny videos and music, I'd suggest looking him up on Youtube or something similar.

Okay so this one is a parody he made about Lady Gaga. This isn't the actually music video he made, ( it had some questionable images in it) so I've posted the lyrics to it. Enjoy!
Trapped in a drive thru!!


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