It's been called the shortest poetic form everinvented. In just three lines, the poet must capture animage from nature and transfer it to paper.Originally from Japan, the haiku poem has evolvedinto what is today considered modern form. That is,the traditional 5-7-5 arrangement of syllables may ormay not be used according to the whim of the poet.This "freeing" of the haiku form hasone main advantage - it allows the poet to focus onwhat is to be expressed without having to worryabout fitting it into old forms.After all, it is the haiku spirit, not the rigid structurethat is important. What has stayed the same throughthe centuries is haiku's unique way of expressing thenatural world!Oceans, mountains, and woods have been reveredsubjects for centuries and continue to be writtenabout to this day. Indeed, one canwrite about these subjects seemingly forever andstill have fresh perspectives on them.The poetics of haiku rest on the juxtapositionbetween the fragment and the phrase. Most if notall haiku poems are comprised of these twoelements. The fragment usually establishes themood and atmosphere of the poem.For example, many a haiku poem has begun withsomething like - "Morning silence." Thisestablishes the general ambiance of what is tofollow. The phrase part of haiku writing consistsmainly of capturing a "present moment,"something the reader can enter into.In fact, what makes haiku so special is that itallows the reader to magically step inside thepoet's vision without having to interpret it. Thatis, the haiku poet wants you to see what he orshe saw directly. By writing in a descriptivepresent tense style, haiku let readers stand wherethe poet has stood. So dear reader, I invite you tosit back, relax, and enter into the magical worldof Seashore Haiku!
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