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n. pl. haiku also hai·kus
a. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five morae, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
b. A verse form in another language modeled on the Japanese haiku, typically counting syllables instead of morae.
2. A poem written in this form.

[Japanese : hai, amusement (from Middle Chinese pɦa⋮j) + ku, phrase (from Middle Chinese kyə̆`, sentence; also the source of Mandarin ).]
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(ˈhaɪkuː) or


n, pl -ku
(Poetry) an epigrammatic Japanese verse form in 17 syllables
[from Japanese, from hai amusement + ku verse]
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(ˈhaɪ ku)

n., pl. -ku.
a Japanese poem or verse form, consisting of 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, often about nature or a season.
[1895–1900; < Japanese]
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1. A Japanese word meaning amusement verse, used for a form of poem which has exactly 17 syllables.
2. A form of epigrammatic Japanese verse with exactly 17 syllables.
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Noun1.haiku - an epigrammatic Japanese verse form of three short lines
poem, verse form - a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
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Synopsis: "Jack Kerouac and the Traditions of Classic and Modern Haiku" by Yoshinobu Hakutani (Professor of English and University Distinguished Scholar at Kent State University) is a reading of the haiku collected in Jack Kerouac's "Book of Haikus", which was originally edited by Regina Weinreich in 2003 and one of the two largest collections of English haiku.
Summary: Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] May 9 (ANI/ BusinessWire India): A recently released report by Schbang X HaikuJAM, that uses analytical tools like Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing and Semiotics has surveyed a total of 84,430 haikus written by over 37,000 Young Indians to understand the state of mind of the Indian Youth.
Detailed comparisons between Japanese haikus and Western versions of the haiku are also especially prevalent in a chapter entitled "Wright's Haiku and Modernist Poetics." Here Hakutani compares, for example, Wright's poem "A Thin Waterfall" with Basho's "A Crow" in order to show mutual reliance on "the aesthetic sensibility of sabi that suggests loneliness and quietude." Hakutani also places some of Wright's haikus alongside those of Yosa Buson, claiming that only the former involve "subjectivity." Again Hakutani refers to the work of Lacan as he links the absence of subjectivity to Lacan's concepts "the imaginary" and "the real," and he uses these connections to again explain Pound's preference for imagism rather than symbolism.
Haikus originated in Japan, and were mostly used during festivities and important events.
This is one of the haikus in Jesmond resident Keith Jewitt's new book, In a Magpie's Eye: The Jesmond Year in Haiku.
We wrote hundreds of haikus to each other--it was super-gay and super-impractical, but it worked because I was in no way ready to be in a "real" relationship.
(8.) (2010), La lune dans les cheveux, Haikus, 88 femmes plus un, Editions L'iroli.
Windsor Locks, CT, December 29, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Russ Salk, a resident of Windsor Locks, has just published "Full Moon Shining Bright," a collection of haikus. A haiku is three lines of "poetic prose" expressing a single thought.
NASA hasn't gotten to the point where it's sending bards up alongside the physicists and pilots, but it does want to send up three haikus along with its latest Red Planet-bound spacecraft.