What is important for a ”good” haiku?

To answer that question, we can see what is published in various haiku magazines. I have found these instructions that come from the British Haiku Society:

A haiku should:

– be short enough to be read aloud in a single breath

– happen right now (avoid references to past or future tense)

– be written in the present tense

– contain two images that are separated by a break (kireji) and lead to an ”aha” experience in the reader 

– appreciate small, everyday things

– be written in everyday words

– use concrete images (avoid abstract words such as ”justice, ”poverty” and ”discrimination ”)

– be written by a neutral observer

– avoid similes and metaphors

– avoid too many adjectives or adverbs

– contain a seasonal reference (kigo) where applicable

– no titles are required

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