Artwork done in an inky style, showing the silhouette of a samurai pointing a katana at a piece of paper.

Haiku and Samurai Death Poems

The haiku is one of the most recognizable poetry forms in the world. It consists of seventeen syllables arranged in three lines: five syllables, seven syllables, and five syllables again. Many people, poetry enthusiasts and laypersons alike, know that haiku is a Japanese form of poetry. However, the history and cultural legacy of haiku are …

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