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Haikus, Scikus, and One Breath Poems (redirected from Haikus and One Breath Poems)

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One Breath Poems are the Shortest Motion Pictures You Can Make in Words!





  • One Breath Poems are versions of Haikus!


  •  But unlike Haikus, one breath poems do not have to follow a 5/7/5 syllable structure.


  • Haikus emerged from a collaborative form of Japanese poetry known as Renga meaning linked poem.
    • The opening stanza of a Renga gave rise to the haiku.




The One-Breath Poems: National Writing Day Activity for Parents, Teachers and Children



Free-Form Haikus

     (Try making one yourself!)







Learn about science and haiku at the Sciku Project


  • The image to the right is a sciku based on a photography


"Climate change buffer  
Particles settle in grass  
Seagrass meadows rule"  



Sciku, A Collection of Illustrated Science Poetry






Picture Books for Haiku Writing


Earth Verse:  Haiku from the Ground Up.  Sally M. Walker.  Illustrated by William Grill.  Candlewick Press, 2018.

If It Rains Pancakes: Haiku and Lantern Poems. Brian P. Cleary. Illustrated by Andy Rowland. Millbrook Press, 2014

Dogku. Andrew Clements. Illustrated by Tim Bowers. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014

GUYKU: A Year of Haiku for Boys. Rob Raczka. Illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Houghton Mifflin, 2010

A Pocketful of Poems. Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe. Clarion Books, 2001




More on Haikus 


Poetic Form: Haiku from Poets.org (Academy of American Poets)


Examples of Famous Haikus


Sample Haiku from Basho, Issa and western poets

  Online Resources and Apps


  • NYT Haikus on Twitter
    • Uses automated poetry detection software to find haikus in New York Times news stories


  • Haiku Starter is a writing interactive from National Council of Teachers of English


    • Haiku Poem App (also from NCTE)
      • You can import photos and images; page elements can be sized and rotated; different font sizes are available




     • How-to Haiku Elementary Lesson on YouTube





Haiku from the Poetry Through the Ages website


  • One of the oldest poetry formats
    • Began in the late 15th century, emerging from a longer poetic form called Renga


  • Matsuo Basho, one of Japan's most celebrated haiku poest, wrote in the 16th century
    • Features pinpoint observations of moments and movements in nature
      • Has a simple 3 line, 17 syllable structure






Matsuo Basho

Matsuo Bashō


Matsuo Basho, Poetry Foundation
Born: 1644
Began Publishing Poetry: 1676
First of His Five Famous Travels Around Japan: 1684

Haiku of Basho

Basho Frog Haiku: 31 Translations


Kobayashi Issa
Kobayashi Issa

Kobauyashi Issa (1763-1828)

Haiku with Issa



Interactive Haiku Poetry Writing Sites

What is Haiku? from ReadWriteThink, National Council of Teachers of English

Interactive Haiku Generator

Five Creative Ways to Teach Haiku from Scholastic



Haiku Poetry by American Poets

Book of Haiku, Jack Kerouac

Haiku Poetry by Richard Wright

Haiku by Etheridge Knight

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