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It Isn’t Just 5–7–5

The Inscrutable Simplicity of Haiku

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Everybody knows haiku. 3 lines, 17 syllables broken 5–7–5, nature. No rhymes, no rules. And it’s Japanese.

Well, more or less. Yes, it did originate in Japan, and yes, its subject matter is nearly always found in nature. Beyond that, however, it’s both simpler and more complicated than most people realize.

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