Are you looking for a fun project for your students? How about submitting an entry in the grandforksherald.com Valentine’s Day Haiku Poetry Contest!
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, generally consisting of 17 syllables in three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables respectively. English haiku does not adhere to this strict syllable count, the typical length being around 10-14 syllables.
How does the contest work?
Submit your original Valentine’s Day themed haiku poem at http://www.grandforksherald.com/pages/haikuÂ and readers will vote for their favorite!
Submissions accepted until 12:00 noon on February 7th.
Voting runs 12:00 noon on February 7th until 12:00 noon on February 10th.
Winner will be contacted February 11th.
Are there prizes? Yes. The winning submission will receive a Valentine’s Day bouquet of flowers from AllisoNicole’s Interior Design and Floral!
Some haiku poets are concerned with their haiku being expressed in one breath, and the extent to which their haiku focus on “showing” as opposed to “telling”. This is the genius of haiku using an economy of words to paint a multi-tiered painting, without “telling all”. Or as Matsuo Basho puts it, “The haiku that reveals seventy to eighty percent of its subject is good. Those that reveal fifty to sixty percent, we never tire of.”
Check out examples on the more detailed information is available at these Wikipedia pages:
- Source: Wikipedia.org