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Haiku poetry has been around for many years It started in Japan and has gone worldwide since Its simple form makes it interesting to the people who write and read it Even though haiku poetry is one of if not the smallest form of poetry there is a long history behind it and many elements such as structure topic haiku moment season word imagery and suggestiveness that have to be considered when writing haiku Haiku poetry appeared in the sixteenth century It was mostly centered in Japan There were two main reasons that people wrote haiku It was a way for people to express their thoughts and to rise above the limitations imposed by the usual language and thought that treats everything as machines Most haiku is written in plain everyday language Lewis Haiku developed from a different form of poetry called tanka which dates all the way back to early Japanese history Tanka is a five-lined verse After haiku was created it was usually seen as the hokku of a renga A hokku is the first line in a renga and a renga is a long series of poems The development of haiku was never influenced at all by the west or China The word haiku actually means game verse This form of poetry is sometimes called hokku of kaikai but these names are considered to be incorrect Most haiku poets begin to write haiku when they are very young They start early because children are less likely to worry about doing things right from the start Since grammar and vocabulary are not necessarily important in haiku the children who write them dont have to know every word in the world to make them sound good The most famous of all haiku poets is Matsuo Basho Basho lived from 1644 to 1944 He lived during the time of the English writers John Milton and John Bunyan In the world of
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