Frequently Asked Questions

The Simple User Asks:

What is this site?

This is, a site where you can read and rate haiku poems. If you're a poet, and most people are, just create an account to add your own haiku and see how much people like them. You can also write and receive messages and comments on each haiku, see poet profiles, haiku rankings, voting graphs, lots of good stuff.

What is a Haiku?

A haiku is a simple poem, usually three lines with 5-7-5 syllable structure. For example:

This is a haiku
Five, seven, five syllables
In only three lines

However, not only are there many more rules if you want them, there's also creative fun to be found in breaking even these simplest rules, so this site does not impose any. Aside from a 100 character limit, the haiku you post here can take any format you wish.

There are many more really interesting things to know about the history and evolution of haiku than I can begin to write here: for more information please start at Wikipedia.

The Wise User Asks:

What makes a good haiku?

A really good essay on haiku techniques can be found here.

The Wicked User Asks:

How many times can I vote?

The index page of this site displays haiku at random, so you won't be able to vote for one particular haiku very easily. Also, you are limited to one vote on each haiku per 24 hour period.

For The User Whose Question Has Not Been Asked:

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