A traditional Japanese haiku poem is written in three lines:
5 syllables on the first line
7 syllables on the second line
5 syllables on the third line
Haiku is inspired by nature, combining two different images or ideas together.
My son’s 5th grade poetry unit included haiku inspired by Japanese block prints created by Katsushika Hokusai, considered one of Japan’s iconic artists.
I have block prints by Hokusai below that I photographed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Which prints do you like? Do they inspire you or your kids to write a haiku? Please share your poems! Here are my son’s:
The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai.
It is Hokusai’s most famous work, and one of the best recognized works of Japanese art in the world. It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast of the prefecture of Kanagawa. from Wikipedia
Convolvulus and Tree-Frog by Hokusai.
Each print features a flower and an insect (amphibians were classified as insects).
Chrysanthemum and Bee by Hokusai.
Grosbeak And Mirabilis by Hokusai.
Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, Sundai, Edo by Hokusai.
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