A little history

The name haiku is coined by the Japanese poet Shiki (Masaoka Shiki, 1867–1902).

The designation is based on the words hokku (ku) and hai. Hokku was the introductory verse in a collaborative poem, so-called renga, which some poets devoted themselves to in the late 19th century. Shiki came to call it ”ku”.

”Hai” can stand for a variety of concepts, but in the context of poetry it often stands for ”simple”.

Haiku is thus roughly equal to: simple verse.

ex:

April spring

summer is coming

in the plant pot

but … it cannot be that simple, can it?

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