/ IN350 Global Haiku Tradition
Dr. Randy Brooks • Spring 2005
Haiku Unit Plan Appendix 5
- Sink into the scene and observe carefully.
- Find moments in daily life to write about.
- Turn your senses on to the full, not the part of your brain that reasons about things.
- Avoid fantastic thoughts and instead talk about real things. But remember, reality often has a magical side.
- Use simple, everyday words. Write in the present tense, so that your poem seems to be happening now.
- If you have a message to give, suggest it through image, and don't use abstract words to express it.
- Aim at 5-7-5 syllables, but don't be a slave to counting syllables. Read your poem aloud to test how it sounds. Get rid of any words that you don't really need. For example: golden daffodils.
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