Haiku Competition

Wednesday 5 August 2020

It’s that time of year again – the Tasman District Libraries annual poetry competition. 

This year, in compensation for not being able to watch or attend the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (which are now taking place in 2021) due to Covid-19, we are holding a haiku competition. 

Haiku is a form of poetry first made popular in Japan. Haiku poets are challenged to convey a vivid message using only 17 syllables, arranged in lines of 5-7-5 syllables.  

In Japan these poems are valued for their simplicity, openness, depth and lightness.

One of the greatest haiku poets was the Samurai, Matsuo Bashō (1644-94). Here is an example of one of his poems:

The Old Pond by Matsuo Bashō 

An old silent pond  

A frog jumps into the pond—  

Splash! Silence again.

To take part in our haiku competition, pick up an entry form from Motueka, Murchison, Richmond or Takaka Library, fill it in with your haiku and contact details, then drop it back off to us. 

Anyone age 5+ can take part in this competition. Terms and conditions apply.

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