haiku (hī´kōō), an unrhymed Japanese poem recording the essence of a moment keenly perceived, in which nature is linked to human nature. It usually consists of 17 jion (Japanese symbol-sounds). The term is also used for foreign adaptations of the haiku, notably the poems of the imagists. These poems are usually written in three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. See senryu.

See the anthology ed. by H. G. Henderson, Introduction to Haiku (1958).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Haiku: Selected full-text books and articles

The Japanese Haiku, Its Essential Nature, History, and Possibilities in English, with Selected Examples
Kenneth Yasuda.
Charles E. Tuttle, 1973
Japanese Aesthetics and Culture: A Reader
Nancy G. Hume.
State University of New York Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "'Approach to Haiku' and 'Basic Principles'"
Japanese Literature: An Introduction for Western Readers
Donald Keene.
Grove Press, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "Japanese Poetry"
Haiku: Teaching the Art of Brevity in Writing
Whittingham, Jeff L.
Childhood Education, Vol. 80, No. 1, Fall 2003
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Coposing Zen Haiku: Training to Make Sense
Holmes, Stewart W.
ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 52, No. 4, Winter 1995
Zen, Poetry, the Art of Lucien Stryk
Susan Porterfield.
Swallow Press, 1993
A Zen Wave: Basho's Haiku and Zen
Robert Aitken; Basho Matsuo.
Weatherhill, 1978
A Net of Fireflies: Japanese Haiku and Haiku Paintings
Harold Stewart.
Charles E. Tuttle, 1960
Haiku Moment: An Anthology of Contemporary North American Haiku
Bruce Ross.
Tuttle Publishing, 1993
Mountain Tasting: Zen Haiku
Santōka M. Taneda; John A. Stevens.
Weatherhill, 1980
Voice of a Native Son: The Poetics of Richard Wright
Eugene E. Miller.
University Press of Mississippi, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "The Cosmos: Uses of Orgone and Haiku"
Language and Literature in the African American Imagination
Carol Aisha Blackshire-Belay.
Greenwood Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Refusing to Be Boxed In: Sonia Sanchez's Transformation of the Haiku Form"
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