Haiku




Haiku :


Haiku is a Japanese three-line poem, usually having 17 syllables and expresses a single thought. English imitations of the haiku are also very popular.



COBRA


His jewelled crown

and hypnotic sway enthral;

beware the lethal fangs.



NIGHT


Clouds appear

and bring to men a chance to rest

looking at the moon.



ALONE



Won’t you come and see

loneliness? Just one leaf

from the Kiri tree.



The word POETRY originates from a Greek word meaning TO MAKE. A poet is thus a maker and the poem something that is made or created. No single definition of poetry is possible but some characteristic features of poetry may be mentioned. Poetry has a musical quality with rhythm, pitch, metre and it may use figures of speech such as simile and metaphor. While quite a few poems in this selection are in traditional forms, the unit also includes modern poems that are free from formal restrictions.



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