Can someone show me how to do a haiku for "The Glass Castle" about a character and their experience?

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A haiku is a 17-syllable poem in three lines.  The first line must be 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the third line 5 syllables.

It is important to remember that each word must be chosen carefully because of the limit of the form.  You are painting a tiny picture in the poem.  When I say you are painting a picture, that does not mean you need to limit yourself to how things look.  You may appeal to all five senses, as well as convey emotions.

Many people seem to think that poems must be about beautiful things and emotions, but that is not necessarily true.  In the case of your assignment, you might be writing about people who are not very beautiful inside, for example, the parents.  Even if you write about one of the children, you can see that their experiences were particularly ugly for the most part.  This means that the words you choose should reflect the character and actions of the person you write about. The parents were horribly selfish people, for example, and you would want to show that by making careful choices of your words.  You might also think of a haiku as a tiny package that, when opened, shows an entire person, emotion, or world.  What words come to your mind when you think about the characters in the book?  Those would be a good starting place for a haiku.