Well, I totally forgot the most important part of my spiel today…alas! Even teachers have first day jitters, apparently.
Today was mostly introductory, with one exception. I asked you to complete your first assignment. Please write three haiku poems about yourself. Haiku is a simple form to learn, but very challenging to master. The rules are simple:
- Haiku has three lines. There are five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and five syllables in the final line.
- Haiku is usually about nature–I’m bending this rule a little, since it’s about you and you are “nature” in one way or another 😉
- Haiku relies on imagery (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch). This means you need to avoid words like “outgoing” and “funny” and “cute.” It also means that you need to write about moments in life that show us what you’re like rather than adjectives.