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).

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Haiku: Selected full-text books and articles

Japanese Aesthetics and Culture: A Reader By 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 By Donald Keene Grove Press, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. II "Japanese Poetry"
Haiku: Teaching the Art of Brevity in Writing By Whittingham, Jeff L Childhood Education, Vol. 80, No. 1, Fall 2003
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Coposing Zen Haiku: Training to Make Sense By Holmes, Stewart W ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 52, No. 4, Winter 1995
Zen, Poetry, the Art of Lucien Stryk By Susan Porterfield Swallow Press, 1993
A Zen Wave: Basho's Haiku and Zen By Basho Matsuo; Robert Aitken Weatherhill, 1978
Mountain Tasting: Zen Haiku By Santōka M. Taneda; John A. Stevens Weatherhill, 1980
Voice of a Native Son: The Poetics of Richard Wright By 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 By 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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