Haiku Poetry Example
Haiku Poetry Example - Clouds Come Haiku
by Masaoka Basho
clouds come from time to time
giving us a chance to rest
from looking at the moon
Masaoka Basho is considered one of the "fathers" of haiku along with Yosa Buson, and Kobayashi Issa.
Since early days, there has been confusion between the three related terms Haiku, Hokku and Haikai. The term hokku literally means
"starting verse", and was the first starting link of a much longer chain of verses known as haika. Because the hokku set the tone for
the rest of the poetic chain, it enjoyed a privileged position in haikai poetry, and it was not uncommon for a poet to compose a hokku by
itself without following up with the rest of the chain.
Largely through the efforts of Masaoka Shiki, this independence was formally established in the 1890s through the creation of the term haiku.
This new form of poetry was to be written, read and understood as an independent poem, complete in itself, rather than part of a longer chain.
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