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Famous Haiku Poems - Haiku Poems

Below are several famous haiku poems by
traditional haiku poets.

Many are very lyrical and beautiful, and are some
of the best haiku poems that you can find.

Summer night -
even the stars
are whispering to each other.

- Isaa
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The general definition of haiku is a very short poem of around
17 syllables over three lines that is usually taught as a 5 7 5
syllable pattern.

This is an attempt to imitate the Japanese sound pattern of
haiku, but sound and syllable differences between Japanese and
English make it impossible to create a traditional haiku in the
English language.

So sticking to the 5 7 5 pattern you were most likely taught in school
is not necessary, and tends to create awkward sounding poems.

More important to writing haiku are the theme of the poem and the experience of the poem. Nature and the seasons are very traditional
haiku themes.

Haiku also capture a moment in time, usually by juxtaposing two images. The interplay of two images give these short poems their tremendous impact.

(Read some very famous nature haiku poems.)

First though, let's look at some very famous haiku poems showcasing
the best of haiku poets.


Famous Haiku Poems - Haiku Poems

Famous Haiku written by master haiku poets such as Basho, Shiki, and Issa. Notice how the fleetingness of life mixes with the fleeting of time and nature in many of these poems.

Matsu Basho

In the cicada's cry
No sign can tell
How soon it must die.

First day of Spring-
I keep thinking about-
the end of autmn.

Wake, butterfly
it's late-
we've miles to go together.

Moonless night...
a powerful wind embraces
the ancient cedars.

Don't imitate me;
it's as boring
as the two halves of a melon.

The moon so pure
a wandering monk carries it
across the sand.

Masaoka Shiki

Night; and once again,
the while I wait for you, cold wind
turns into rain.

I want to sleep
Swat the flies
Softly, please.

When I turned my head
That traveller I'd just passed...
Melted in the mist.

My life -
How much more of it remains?
The night is brief.


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   Famous haiku - Issa

My grumbling wife -
if only she were here!
this moon tonight...

A lovely thing to see:
through the paper window's hole,
the Galaxy.

The first firefly...
But he got away and I...
Air in my fingers.

In this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers.

After killing
a spider, how lonely I feel
in the cold of night!


More Haiku - Haiku Poems

More haiku poems by Yosa Buson, Natsume Soseki, and others. "Old Pond," the most famous haiku of all is also included here.


No sky
no earth - but still
snowflakes fall.

Yosa Buson

An autumn eve;
There is joy too,
In loneliness.

My arm for a pillow,
I really like myself
under the hazy moon.

The end of spring-
the poet is brooding
about editors.

Natsume Soseki

The lamp once out
Cool stars enter
The window frame.


I hung the moon on various
branches of the pine

Murakami Kijo

First autumn morning
the mirror I stare into
shows my father's face.

Tan Taigi

moon in the cold -
only my own footsteps
on the bridge.

A firefly flitted by:
"Look!" I almost said
but I was alone.


Dead my old fine hopes
And dry my dreaming but still...
Iris, blue each spring.


Most Famous Haiku Poem

"Old Pond" by Basho is probably the most famous haiku poem. It is a classic.

   most famous haiku poems from Basho
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