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Haiku is a short form of Japanese poetry that has become appreciated around the world. Haiku poets are challenged to convey a vivid message in only 17 syllables. These poems are characterised by three qualities:

Two images are represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a ‘cutting word’ between them.

Syllables are arranged in three lines of 5 -7- 5.

There is a seasonal reference mainly through adjectives and nouns.