Whether you're writing a haiku for a classroom assignment, or you're simply looking to broaden your poetic horizons, the form affords great practice in rhythm and structure. At first glance, the haiku may seem like a task easily completed by a third grade student, but the strict rules make it far more challenging than you might think. If you're ready to take on the challenge, read on to learn how to write a beautiful haiku.

*      Haiku Poem Tips

1.    Focus on nature and seasonal imagery.

2.    Made up of three lines.

3.    Lines traditionally follow a 5, 7, 5 beat pattern.

4.    Add a reflective pause.

5.    Avoid rhyme.

6.    Invoke the senses.

7.    Show don't tell.

8.    Read a lot of examples, both classic and modern.

*      Conclusion

     Writing a haiku can be a real challenge. You'll have to work hard to stick to the confined structure. But just imagine how rewarding it will be once you get into the rhythm. Before you know it you'll be expressing yourself in haiku and writing long strings of haiku stanzas that connect together to form great masterpieces.

     Most importantly, share your haiku. Read them to friends, family, your Internet writer's group, or get up at the next poetry reading and read them aloud for an audience.

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