H is for Haiku

| March 25, 2014

In our contemporary culture concerning poetry and most art in general things have moved from typically having a very distinct structure to being as free form as possible. There was a time when a poem was not a poem unless it followed a highly specific structure. But now poetry is almost defined by not having a structure. Poetry is a place for words to just flow on the page. Having to write poetry with the constraints of structures is sometimes I think more impressive and interesting then not having them because if you are able to convey something in a moving way while under constraints it was only that much more difficult. I think haiku’s are so interesting because not only do you have the constraint of the 5-7-5 syllables for each line but the whole poem is only three lines long and only a total of seventeen syllables, so there is not much room for messing around, every single word matters, and is crucial to the poem as a whole.