Twitter: The Resurgence of Haiku Poetry

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n., pl. haiku also -kus.
1. A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables, traditionally invoking an aspect of nature or the seasons.
2. A Tweet written in this form.

That might as well be true! What better way to experience the beauty of Haiku, a form of poetry that speaks volumes in 17 syllables than through a medium that constricts you to 140 characters! So it’s no surprise that haiku fans embraced Twitter with an unparalleled zeal, producing some not so bad and some down right awful haiku.

Haiku fan or not, there is definitely an eloquent beauty in the concise brevity of an intense and meaningful tweet, actually Buddhist monks might be adding tweeting along side gardening and meditation as paths you can take to achieve zen.

Quests of enlightenment aside, for us regular denizens of the internet we don’t know what we want but we definitely want it now. So to us tweeps that achieve haiku-like enlightenment in their delivery are certainly beauteous, and people from all walks have been jumping on the bandwagon of condensing information into the new 17 syllables.

If you are into getting your information 140 characters at a time make sure to check the following tweeps:
@cookbook – Tiny recipes that might be the fresh inspiration you need to get back into the kitchen
@nprnews – Your favourite, at least its mine, news outlet gone slim
@philosophytweet – Bite-size philosophy
@publicdomain – Twittering classics one tweet at a time, currently reading “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”
@Movietwoosh – One glance movie reviews
@rottentomatoes – Box office movie reviews

Haiku is to Renga what Twitter is to blogging but do you think the future is in the “blurp”? Are we going to move into the world of twitterature? What are your thoughts?

Comments and Reactions

6 responses to “Twitter: The Resurgence of Haiku Poetry”

  1. Beiruta says:

    Twitterature: what an interesting concept! Maybe in today's fast moving world literature is becoming less desired and yes, Twitterature might be taking over… I don't mind it as long as we can learn something new every day and share different topics with people all around the world!

  2. FadiPick says:

    At this period of time, such little chuncks of information are really necessary. I find twittering classics very interesting! I ll jump to twitter now and check their tweets!

  3. Ricky Barnes says:

    Where “we” are going is anyone's guess, however, where this tweeter is going artistically and as a reader is anywhere there's something interesting to read, something interesting to say with as few expectations, judgments and rules as are necessary. At the moment, Twitter has my attention and fascination. Whether Twitter lasts or it does not is of little consequence compared to the human spirit and its need to express itself. No matter the tool, human beings always find a way to do that. At the moment, Twitter is as good as any and perhaps better than most.

  4. M.Bamieh says:

    well while it might be anyone's guess where we are going but given the trajectory from almanacs to twitter it points out to smaller and smaller chunks. now while the ability to express yourself is so facilitated that anyone's voice can circle the globe in mere minutes, the noise to signal ratio just gotten so high that we might be missing out on a lot of gems that are not loud enough to be heard and that might be a loss to the human heritage

  5. Chris Loft says:

    Hai, haiku, youku / weku – we all ku – theyku / sheku, heku, bai /// #haiku

  6. poetry jar says:

    When I’m bored but don’t want to spend too much time on a poem, i usually turn to haiku or tanka. ¬†great site and posts

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