Haiku Project (200 pts)

Poetry Writing: Haiku for the Seasons (200 pts)

In maintaining the tradition of Japanese haiku, please compose FOUR haiku, one for each season of the year.

Remember, haiku attempt to capture the intensity of a moment, focus on the concrete world, and observe nature. Haiku assume a view of the universe in which the observer and nature are one, not separate. These poems are not about the season in general, but about a specific moment in the season, a specific aspect of the season. For example, a haiku about fall may focus on a leaf turning from green to orange or a leaf dropping from a tree.

 Your haiku should be concise, direct, and imagistic, meaning full of imagery. Choose descriptive words and figurative language that paint a picture in the reader’s mind. Writing haiku may seem relatively easy; however, you have two challenges as you compose these four poems.

  • First, avoid writing about anything stereotypical or generic. There is more to winter than snow or holidays, more to spring than flowers and rain, more to summer than heat and the beach, and more to fall than leaves and school. Your challenge is to write something original, something different, something we don’t automatically think about or associate with the season.
  • Second, all four of your poems should be connected in some way. They could share a central theme, idea, or emotion. They could focus on the same topic, repeat the image, or take place in the same location. Whatever the connection, there should be a common thread that ties the four poems together into a series.

Please follow the traditional pattern:

3 lines, 17 syllables total, 5-7-5 arrangement

Rough drafts of all poems are HANDWRITTEN.

Final drafts of all poems are TYPED – you may choose the font.

Further Instructions (please read carefully and follow exactly):

Bring rough drafts to class for peer review and feedback. Rough drafts are handwritten, not typed. Period.

Then, based on this feedback, revise and submit final drafts for all four of your haiku along with your peer reviewed rough drafts. Create a poster for one of your four haiku and a video of all four of your haiku.

You may choose which one of your four poems you will make into a poster. Your poster should be on regular 8.5×11 paper. It should include a large image that relates to your haiku in some way. Your poem should be in at least 20 pt. font. Please feel free to be creative with your poster!

Create a video for your series of haiku. Include all four haikus. Include images and other multimedia that relate to and highlight your poems. Your video should be creative and original, engaging, and visually appealing. Please keep the tone in line with your poems.

You will hang your poster in the hallway and you will submit your video on the class website for everyone to explore. Additionally, chosen haiku will be read at lunch announcements.

ROUGH DRAFT — NEATLY HANDWRITTEN ON CLEAN LOOSE LEAF — DUE TUESDAY 2/18. 

FINAL DRAFT OF ENTIRE PROJECT, INCLUDING:

1. TYPED, PRINTED COPY OF ALL FOUR POEMS

2. A PRINTED POSTER OF ONE OF YOUR POEMS

3. A VIDEO OF ALL FOUR OF YOUR POEMS (LINK POSTED ON BLOG)

DUE MONDAY 2/24.

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