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invokes the season in which the writer is trying to express in his or her haiku. The fifth element is imagery. Haiku poetry tries to paint a picture in the mind of the reader with words. Imagery mostly comes into play because nature is usually the main subject of haiku. It is easy to create a picture when the subject, nature, is so alive and colorful. Most people in Japan keep small gardens in their homes. These gardens are sometimes no larger than a table top. The garden helps to give some inspiration for people?s haiku if they write them. (New book of Knowledge, pp28) The sixth and final element of haiku poetry is the poem?s suggestiveness. The suggestiveness is a way of indicating more to the reader than what is plainly stated. The best of haiku poets hide deep meanings in

their seventeen syllable poems. This technique is used in many other Japanese arts such as monochrome ink paintings. The artist uses only a few simple, but firm brush strokes to painting a scene. The viewer of the ink painting or reader of the haiku must fill in the empty spaces with his or her own imagination. (New book of Knowledge, pp28) Sadness The dying of the Flowers, the turning of the Grass, the autumn breeze. This is an example of a haiku. It is written by Jean Gregory. This haiku demonstrates four of the six elements. The structure of the poem is a three line stanza with five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables. The topic of the poem has to do with nature because it is talking about the transition of spring to fall. There is a season word in this haiku and it is

the word autumn. It tells that the poem is talking about something that takes place in the fall. Imagery is demonstrated by the picture it gives the reader of the transition from spring to fall. Although haiku poetry is the smallest form of poetry and literature in the world today, there is a very big history behind it as well as many elements to take into consideration. It is amazing what careful consideration must take place for something so small. These facts, among many others are probably what has kept haiku poetry alive through the years. 656 Books:  Bash, ?One Man?s Moon: 50 Haiku,? Frankfort Kentucky, Gnorman, 1984.  Lewis, Richard, ?Of This World; A Poets Life in Poetry,? New York NY, Dial, 1968.  Doreski, Carole Killer and William, ?How to Read and Interpret

Poetry,? New York NY, Simon and Schuster, 1988, pp152. Periodicals:  Strand, Clark, ?The Way of Haiku,? Yoga Journal, July/August Issue, 1997, pp25+  ?Haiku,? Hutchinson Dictionary of the Arts, Helicon Publishing, 1999 Encyclopedia:  ?The New Book of Knowledge,? Volume J/K, Grolier, Danbury Connecticut, 1986, pp28 Internet:  Bachmann, Christopher, ?Haiku,? http://www.mit.edu/people/chekmate/Haiku/haiku.html