Haiku (俳句) listen (help·info) (plural haiku) is a very short form o Japanese poetry. It is teepically chairacterised bi 3 qualities:
- The essence o haiku is "cuttin" (kiru). This is eften representit bi the juxtaposeetion o twa eemages or ideas an a kireji ("cuttin wird") atween them, a kynd o verbal punctuation merk which signals the moment o separation an colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are relatit.
- Tradeetional haiku conseest o 17 on (kent as morae an aw, tho eften loosely translatit as "syllables"), in three phrases o 5, 7, an 5 on respectively.
- A kigo (saisonal reference), uisually drawn frae a saijiki, an extensive but defined leet o such terms.