How to compose classical haiku
Here at Pure Haiku I only publish classical haiku in the English language which are constructed in the strict syllabic structure of 5-7-5.
First line = 5 syllables
Second line = 7 syllables
Third line = 5 syllables
Here is an example: –
The cool night frost melts
with the warm breath of bird song.
Winter dawn chorus.
© Elizabeth Leaper 2013
Line 1 the (1) cool (1) night (1) frost (1) melts (1) = 5 syllables
Line 2 with (1) the (1) warm (1) breath (1) of (1) bird (1) song (1) = 7 syllables
Line 3 Winter (2) dawn (1) chorus (2) = 5 syllables
Pure Haiku is currently OPEN to Submissions.
The THEME is CELESTIAL BODIES.
This time, you are not allowed to use the words Celestial or Body / Bodies in your haiku/senyru (and you cannot use these words in the title, if you choose to provide titles for your submissions). I want to receive haiku/senyru that are implicit in their mentions of CELESTIAL BODIES.
Delight me and surprise me with your haiku that paint vivid pictures of CELESTIAL BODIES, real or imagined. Explore the Final Frontier, take me to universes I did not know existed. As always I’m looking for excellent use of language and words that conjure up clear, vivid pictures; show, don’t tell.
There will be 20 slots for individual haiku plus a week’s slot for a single featured haiku writer.
The DEADLINE for submissions is 20th April 2018 at midnight.
CELESTIAL BODIES themed haiku written in the traditional/classical form (5-7-5 syllables) will be posted on this site in May & June 2018. Make the most of this submission period because Pure Haiku will be taking a rest over the Summer won’t be opening to submissions again until October 2018.
Find out how to submit your haiku at Submissions
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