Maureen L. Carroll Silk Road Project 2013 Harvard University Silk Road Civilizations Activity

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How to Write a Haiku

Japan eventually became a part of the Silk Road, but used sea routes to connect. Silk was highly prized in Japan.

Japan also prized the arts and poetry. Even the Samurai warriors wrote poetry. Focusing quietly on creating poems about nature and animals calmed them and helped them to channel their energies.

One form of poetry is the Haiku. It consists of 3 lines with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the last line.

The haiku is meant to be a type of meditation, a thoughtful type of writing that makes you think deeply about a season, a landscape, a type of animal and its characteristics. Oftentimes there is a contrast indicated in the poem. Two seasons, animals or conditions of being for example: life and death.

When writing a Haiku, use the senses, all five of them, to help the readers capture the feeling being written about.

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