A haiku by Masaoka Shiki

Nure-ashi de suzume no ariku rôka kana:

The sparrow

Hops along the verandah,

with wet feet.

HAIKU was given its name by the writer Masaoka Shiki in the 19th century. Haikus consists of 17 moras, in three units: 5, 7 and 5 in each. There are also some rules applied to it: there has to be a kigo, a symbolical seasonal reference, many times difficult to understand as they are often metonyms and a surprising turn, usually introduced by a kireji, a cutting word (e.g. ya or wa).

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