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Haiku often have a total of 17 syllables and usually have three lines*:
|Haiku, a poem,
Five, seven, five syllables.
Life frozen in words.
|Line one sets the stage,
Line two tells more about it.
Line three is the heart.
|In ancient Japan,
Matsuo Basho wrote Haiku.
Timeless verse still lives.
Haiku was developed in Japan over 400 years ago. It was popularized by the poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694) in the 1600s. Haiku is now popular worldwide.
by Matsuo Basho
mizu no oto.
A frog leaps in
The sound of water.
* In Japan, a Haiku poem does not have to have exactly 17 syllables and it does not have to have exactly three lines with the 5-7-5 syllable pattern.
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