Haiku-a-Tron

    About Haiku
  • The essence of haiku is the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a "cutting word" between them (a word that signals the seperation and relation between the two images or ideas.

  • Traditional haiku consists of 17 "on" or "morae", in 3 phrases of 5, 7, and 5.

  • Haiku are often erronously stated to have 17 syllables, but this is inaccurate as syllables and "on" are not the same.

  • Modern Japanese haiku are increasingly unlikely to follow the 17 "on" tradition.

  • (paraphrased from Wikipedia)