Haiku is amazing form of poetry which creates a bridge between the emotional and spiritual worlds of existence and that of the material and physical natures we as humans experience on a day to day basis.
Photo Haiku adds an extra layer of dimension to the overall meaning of the short Haiku poem. Adding an image, photograph, or illustration to the haiku poem gives the message from the artist a deeper meaning and gives the reader more room for discussion when interpreting the composition. Photo Haiku and overall haiku composition are very healing forms of poetry. These poems contain a dominant impression to invoke emotional clearing and an empathy reaction to connect the reader and poet to the magic of the natural world and lessons and wonders human experience. Images added to the poems in Photo Haiku add a visual connection to the written word, which makes this process of discovery, catharsis, and emotional clearing more effective.
The poetry form of Haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, directness of expression and universal truth.
Haiku is a form of poetry that first originated in Japan and Eastern Asia. Haiku is known as the shortest poem in the world and emphasizes the morals of Zen philosophy and being in the moment. In Japanese culture, haiku structure is measured in sounds of “breath” as opposed to the syllables we know in the English language. Throughout the world today, haiku contains 17 syllables in 3 lines. Each line contains a certain number of syllables where the composer can express what they experience through their senses: sight, taste, touch, sound, smell, and intuition. Structures and subjects of haiku vary depending on what you are trying to convey and what style you want to incorporate into your composition. Traditional haiku tend to have a seasonal aspect where the poet would write about what they see and feel at different times of the year.
Haiku topics and subject have generally evolved and transformed over the years to encompass all aspects of life, love, nature, human existence, and universal phenomenon. The limits are endless when writing haiku, as this form of expression provides catharsis, or emotional clearing and heart opening, to all that read and write it. This type of reaction is similar to that of what philosophers like Aristotle and Plato would invoke on their audiences in their written heroic and philosophical manuscripts. These types of haiku poems that focus on human emotions and experiences can also be called senryu. Photo haiku is the art of adding an image, photograph, or illustration to the written haiku poem for a deeper visual approach and added dimension to the composition.
Here is the common structure of a haiku poem:
| 5 syllables |
| 7 syllables |
| 5 syllables |
Yin and Yang Balance.
To find your true other half
makes this life worth it.
~ from ‘Love Haiku’
Photo Haiku has become widely popular in western culture over the past few decades. Photo haiku is the art of adding an image, photograph, or illustration to the written haiku poem for a deeper visual approach and added dimension to the composition. Photo Haiku adds an extra layer of dimension to the overall meaning being portrayed by the artist. By using two different mediums, the artist/poet can convey their ideas and personal expression to the audience and intrigue more people about the work than with just a poem or photograph alone.
Photo Haiku adds an extra layer of dimension to the overall meaning of the short poem. Adding an image or photograph to the poems gives the message from the composer a deeper meaning and gives the reader more room for interpretation and discussion. Haiku is also a very healing form of poetry. These poems contain a dominant impression revolving around nature, life, and universal truth to invoke emotional clearing and empathy with the reader. This artistic combination connects the reader and poet to the magic and wonders of the natural world and human experiences. Images added to the poems in Photo Haiku add a visual connection to the written word, which makes this process of discovery, catharsis, and emotional clearing more effective to both the reader and composer. Check out a few of my Photo Haiku below:
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By Olivia Tatara