The haiku originates from Japan and consists of 3 lines made up of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables.

Originally haikus were written purely about nature, emotions and experiences. They did not rhyme, and consisted of just one verse. However, over time the haiku has gradually developed and it is acceptable now to choose to rhyme a haiku, or use several together as verses to create what would then be classed as a Haikai.

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