Haiku is one form of Japanese short poetry. It is very compact and consists of only 17 syllables. They are arranged in three lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables each.

The basic rule is to include a word reflecting one of the four seasons. Thus the themes of haiku are mainly nature and life. The great haiku poet Matsuo Basho(1644-1694) elevated haiku to a highly refined art. Even today Haiku is enjoyed by many people in Japan.

See also
*List of Japanese culture

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