Poetry Writing Tips

Poetry is a beautiful way to express your feelings openly through some words that wraps its deep meaning in the form of a mystery. There are many poetry forms which can be used with versatility to frame your emotions about a particular subject and one of them is haibun.

PS: I love to write poetry but I am a student who is yet learning and discovering the forms. ^_^

What is haibun poetry? Haibun is a combination of a traditional haiku and a prose poem. The prose is usually descriptive which is then followed by a haiku to elaborate the profundity in the prose or just be juxtaposition to the prose. The prose poem and haiku normally speak with one another, however writers utilize various techniques for this connection—some doing so inconspicuously, while others are more straightforward.

Origin: Seventeenth Century from the Japanese Poet Matsuo Basho. He usually used this form in his travel journal.

How to write a haibun poetry?

  • Haibun must begin with a title.
  • The primary aspect of writing a haibun is the inclusion of one or more prose paragraphs ended with one or more haiku.
  • Keep the prose simple and concise with detailed information. The prose is meant to explain the story, its theme and its setting in a simplified and brief manner. Delete all the excessive words.
  • The prose must relate to haiku in terms of: sparseness, imagery and content.
  • Your haibun must contain the quality of expressing the location or mood without enunciating the feelings and personal opinion of the author. Try to show more than to tell.
  • Write the haibun in present tense though the experience happens to be of past.
  • Haiku must add to the meaning of prose. Instead of repeating what prose had said, it should add meaning by offering juxtaposition or by adding profound imagery to the whole theme.


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