The Mysterious Art of the Haiku
"I would make it shorter if I had the time."-Unknown
What is harder to write the shorter it is and more powerful the shorter it is? The answer would be a haiku. Our last unit in English class has been all about the lost art of haiku. We have been spending time both in class and at home to create our own haiku portfolio of sorts and I know that we have all learned a lot about haikus. One of the many things that we learned was that longer is not always better and that is where my quote comes in. A few years ago a Fenn boy sent an email that was rather long to a teacher. As the teacher read through the email, he noticed something innteresting about the last sentence. The student concluded the email by saying, "I apologize for the length. I would make it shorter if I had the time." This quote shows that this young student clearly had a good idea of what makes a good and powerful writing piece that will get your point across. The quote is basically saying that when you are in a rush or just don't care you tend to just ramble about all the little details that may or may not be relevant to your point.
By rambling on about what anything that comes to mind, you lose power in your piece. If you take your time your time, and are willing to put in the effort, you will be a much better writer. This quote applies perfectly to our current unit about haikus. A haiku is a short poem that is three lines long about anything. By limiting the amount of syllables, it makes you go back and get rid of everything that you don't need. You really need to think though. You can't just go back and cut anything. You have to get rid of what isn't needed and create the most powerful piece you can in the smallest amount of words possible. In English class my teacher, John Fitzsimmons said, "the key to writing is make your piece as long as it has to be, as short as it can be." This is another quote that applies perfectly to writing haikus. You make it as long is has to be, which is three lines, and as short as it can be, which is whatever amount of words you are able to condense your haiku too. A few years ago a Fenn boy sent an email that was rather long to a teacher. The student concluded the email by saying, "I apologize for the length. I would make it shorter if I had the time." It is clear that the person who invented the art of the haiku was not only wise, but also had a lot of time on his hands.