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For the three haikus by Stewart W. Holmes, describe how the poems are similar to and...

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john18 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted August 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM via web

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For the three haikus by Stewart W. Holmes, describe how the poems are similar to and different from the traditional haiku form?

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Kay Morse | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted August 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM (Answer #1)

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The haiku is a specialized form of poetic verse with it's duality of meaning conveyed in precisely 17 syllables. Though some think this is the main haiku requirement, there are metaphysical requirements as well. The reference to a season of the year (the kigo) in the first linesis turns to represent the life of humankind in the last line. The three lines are arranged in 5-7-5 syllables. Many people overlook and omit the critical aspect of haiku that connects the seasonal theme to human life. When evaluating Holmes' haikus, which are not posted online, look for this application of nature to humankind's life.

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