Haiku is a form of poetry with three lines, and (usually) 17 syllables;  5 syllables in the first line, 7 syllables in the second line and 5 syllables in the final line.

The form originated in Japan and is not just a poem, but a way of looking at the world. It is thought that the simplicity of the form helps to ‘get to the heart of the matter’. Traditionally, haiku are inspired by the natural world. Matuso Basho, was a famous Japanese poet who used the Haiku form in the 1600s.

Find out more about Haiku and Matuso Basho at The School of Life. There’s a short video at the bottom of the page. 

Here are a few we wrote:


There were hard boiled eggs
At Pinky’s birthday party.
Lots and lots of them!


Big, black and juicy,
Cherries hanging from the boughs
Then down they all come.


I wrote three Haiku,
That’s fifty-one syllables
And nine lines in all.

Want to write some of your own? There’s a lesson at Poetry 4 Kids to help you. Or you could try this online Haiku generator. We came out with these:

Ice blue wintertime.
A windy olive tree plays
Because of the clock.

Summer afternoon
A little, bright rose watches
because of the grass

Hmmm, I think ours were better. How about you?

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