Invented Poetry Forms – The Hay(na)ku

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The hay(na)ku is a fairly recent invented poetry form created in the Philippines by the poet and artist Eileen Tabios in 2003. It somewhat resembles the haiku in the fact that they both consist of three short lines. But unlike the traditional Japanese form, the hay(na)ku is isoverbal, meaning its lines’ lengths are measured by the number of words instead of syllables. There is one word in the first line, two in the second, and three in the third.. There is also a variation known as the reverse hay(na)ku, in which the lines are set in the opposite order (with three words in the first, two in the second, and one in the final line).

Also like haiku, a hay(na)ku doesn’t necessarily have to have a title, but there is no rule against it having one either. And as far as subject matter is concerned, anything goes.

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5 responses to “Invented Poetry Forms – The Hay(na)ku

  1. Thank you so much for sharing my post with your readers on BrewNSpew, Eugenia! It is a real fun form to write, and I hope they might try writing some themselves…😊

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  2. 15andmeowing

    I had never heard of this.

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