Do you love poetry? There are a lot of beautiful words in books, all with touching rhymes. Some are funny, some are sad, but the majority of poems that we know from the old centuries are masterpiece, immortal pieces of art that will never fade away. Like other forms of arts, poetry have different styles and way of expressing itself, from all around the world. One of the most famous type of poetry is the Haiku. To better explain what a Haiku is, I would begin with a random example, from probably the most famous Haiku writer ever, Matsuo Basho, lived around the 1600. It is as it follows:

An old silent pond,

A frog jumps into the pond,

splash! Silence again.

It's a bit weird maybe as a example, but it's simple enough to give a idea of what Haiku are. They are in three lines, often with seventeen moras, or morae (in phology it determines syllabes weight). Five in the first line, seven in the second, and finally five again in the last. When it was first introduced and developed, Haiku as a form of poetry were mainly used to describe nature, and to describe human events related to it. They are extremely simple, without any complex wording or typiacal poetry tropes, up to the point that they don't even have titles. Scenes described in Haikus are often very intense, powerful and short, focusing on a single rapid moment and giving it importance with just a few words. This is why the frog example I used is pretty good to describe Haikus. A common element in Haiku should be a reference to the season is set in, that could be anything, from a animal, a place, a plant or even some particular events or traditions that is set in such season. Using the frog again as a example, that Haiku is set in spring, while fireflies would represent summer.

Internet is somehow obsessed with Haikus, but you should avoid considering every short phrase as a Haiku: they have very specific rules to be followed, a unique style that must be met with specific topics and arguments. They are important poems with a unique atmosphere and sound, and while maybe translating them to English from Japanese might make them lose their power, they are surely something to appreciate.

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  • Shorts
  • Full of atmosphere
  • They sound good in Japanese
  • A very unique form of poetry

  • When not in Japanese they don't sound as good
  • Limited themes
  • Sometimes not in rhymes
  • It's difficult to define what is a Haiku and what isn't
  • Very strong rules that must be followed in writing one



Think deeper

A short sentence can express a meaningful fellings to your love ones. Yes, it might be short but you need patience to get the idea from the person who wrote it. In our generation there are many of us are not interested on making poetry because they are always saying that they should be more intellegent to make some.
Posted by Anonymous on 03-25-2018

The Haiku Is Amazing When Done Well

I have always been in love with Classical Japanese haiku, especially those haiku written by Basho and Li Po, two amazing poets from hundreds of years ago. The haiku packs such a totally powerful punch with very few words, and it can really provide an opportunity for one to slow down and to meditate about life or nature in general. I prefer this over the limerick, and, to be honest, the rhyme scheme of many limericks gets on my nerves sonically. I think that the haiku is a far more superior form of poetry and lyric potential.
Posted by JoeMilford on 12-29-2017


I love Japanese culture. So when it comes to poetry, still my heart chose what the Japanese do. Haiku is a different kind of poetry and a lot harder to do. My choice because of its creativity.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 03-15-2018

Strict rules but beautiful concepts

Yes, the haiku form can be hard to adhere to, but I feel like every haiku I've read has had a beautiful message to go along with it. That's what makes me enjoy them, and I think they often make you think - which is important to me.
Posted by amelia88 on 10-15-2018

Curiousity arouses

Eventhough Haiku might give us a hard time to understand, we have to admit how beautiful their meanings are. Writing a Haiku is never easy, especially when you have so much to say in your mind. That is why I am really amazed by the people who writes Haiku.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 09-28-2018


I vote for Haiku. Its because her poem is just short. I love short poem than longer ones. It can easily be understood.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 09-16-2018


The reason why I choose haiku is, I am Amaze by the poets who knows how to write haiku. For some reasons, I love poetry that have limited words yet can strike you just like a normal poetry. Also, not everyone knows how to play with such a limited words, and make it an extravagant poetry.
Posted by nrnlss on 10-18-2018



Japanese aren't the only masters of poetry: even in the English language there is something good that deserves some recognition, the limerick. They are a bit different but at the same time similar to Haiku: both are very short texts, but while Haiku is usually serious or not funny, the main point of the Limerick is to be, indeed, funny and nonsense. Usually the point of a limerick is to make people laugh or at least smile. Like for the Haiku, the better way to introduce one is with a example, but you probably already know what I'm talking about. One of the most famous is as it follows, written by Dayton Voorhees:

There once was a man from Nantucket

who kept all his cash in a bucket.

But his daughter, named Nan,

ran away with a man

and as for the bucket, Nantucket.

You can see the particular structure of a limerick: five lines, with the first two and the later one in rhymes, and the remaining two in rhymes with each other. Usually the first line of a limerick is about the protagonist of the story, and a indication for the geographical place. The rest of the lines are about the story, and the last one is once again for the protagonist, maybe with a additional detail.

So, funny and short stories, but we have no idea of what originated them. The origins of the limerick are totally unknown, but since they were already around in the late 1800 we can say for certain that people of that time loved to have fun with nonsensiscal stuff as much as some of us to today. Satirical, funny and hilarious: maybe some of you don't love this trivial form of poetry, but limerick are simple and enjoyable by everyone. Plus, they don't rely too much on the sounds of the word so even in other languages they can be translated well, or even created entire new limericks. After all it's just up to the personal creativity of men, their sense of humour, and then limericsk will naturally come.

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  • They sound good even in other langauges
  • Funny and hilarious
  • Enjoyable by everyone
  • Full of nonsense
  • They can be translated well

  • Some people might not find nonsense funny
  • Some of them are pretty similar to each other, with the same opening or ending
  • The particular rhyming structure might not suit everyone



One vote for Limerick

I like the limerick because they are amusing. Haiku is OK and sound very literary but when I have the choice I would prefer to be amused rather than educated. That is just me I guess. I tend to be a bit of a good time Charley in that regard.
Posted by kgord on 12-31-2017
I do agree about the humor of these, but I would also like to suggest that there are many funny haiku out there if you look for them. I appreciate your want of a good time, but I think we can laugh AND be educated at the same time. Have you ever read Lord Byron? He has poems that are a lot like limericks, but they are also very stimulating in other intellectual ways/ However, to be honest with you, sometimes I too just like laughing and being entertained than thinking and over-analyzing over everything all of the time.

Funny Ditty's Are Fun!

A limerick is much more fun and can create a laugh if you can remember them. I used to have a book of funny poems when I was a child and I read it so much I managed to memorise a lot of them. They were a bit silly but they were fun and it's good to have a smile every now and again.

I never saw a purple cow I never hope to see one But I can tell you anyhow, I'd rather see than be one.

I never saw a purple cow I never hope to see one But from the milk, we're getting now, There certainly must be one.

Posted by JMS on 01-16-2018

Limericks are More Enjoyable to Read Than Haiku Po

If I'm reading I prefer limerick. If I'm writing I prefer haiku. I think it could compose 3 lines quicker. However, I admire people who write limericks. I can't. That's why I say I like reading them.
Posted by foxchannel on 01-25-2018


Haiku is Japanese poetry style and Limerick is English poetry style. I have tried my hands on haiku, but have never attempted to limericks. Having said that I enjoy reading both haiku and linericks. However, if I have to choose one, I will go with haiku
Posted by vinaya on 12-31-2017
Actually I'm not fond about poetry but I love reading any books and articles. And I have also encountered reading poetry but something did not fit on me. Something it doesn't catch my attention.
Posted by mar06 on 01-20-2018
I have read several haiku in school and I like it. But I like the limerick more because of the rhyme. And with the twist in the story, the haiku and limerick are both good. We also have local limericks in our own language that is more of humor and drama. They are also good with the rhyme. In fact, there is one book composed of a poem with 5 lines and has a rhyme at the end of each line. It is about the passion of Christ. That book is read during Holy Week and it is sang with an invented melody.
Posted by Corzhens on 02-06-2018
I'm not someone who loves poetry that much irrespective of the fact that one of my very good friend is a poet. The thing is that most of the lines take longer time to understand and that is really a difficult thing for me to do. From what I read about the two options given above, I must say that they are all nice and good that anyone that in love with poetry will like to read them.
Posted by Barida on 03-11-2018
I prefer limericks. They're light and funny. Humor is one of the most universally relate-able stuff on Earth. It's something everyone appreciates and can give joy to those who get it.
Posted by Steve5 on 05-04-2018
I don't know much about limerick, that's why I choose haikus because I honestly get amaze by how people express their feelings throu poetry with very limited words.
Posted by allyn2017 on 10-30-2018
I read a lot of Japanese poetry. I don't know how to speak or read the Japanese language and alphabet, but I have approached the poetry through some English translations of Arthur Waley. The metric of haiku is quite fixed and has a great capacity for synthesis. I have written some poem even with this metric. My limitation is that I only know this kind of translated poetry.
Posted by mcnasci24 on 11-21-2018