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Haiku poetry

I have to do a haiku poem about the weather for my homework. Why is it called haiku? Can it be longer than three lines long - cos mine is. 😛

Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry. Poems consist of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme. Because Haikus are such short poems, they are usually written about things we recognise, such as animals or the seasons. If your poem is longer than 3 lines its not a Haiku poem :)
10 December 2010
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