Re-reading the comments that I posted on the Facebook page Haiku Now less than a year ago, (see here) it’s amazing how much I’ve learned about haiku since then.
There are so many “rules” for haiku: length, person, tense, images (kind of images and how they interact), number of images, the functions of the lines, the function of the poem, the payoff of the poem, tone, subject matter, punctuation, types of phrasing, context…and that is just off the top of my head.
How much there is to learn! It’s a bit like playing harmonica. Anyone can grab one in the right key and think they can play it. But to get to the instrument’s real potential…to play the notes that don’t seem to physically be on there…that is a different story all together! Isn’t it?
To see the original comments I posted for discussion, click here.