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pluriel3 | 22:29 Mon 16th Feb 2009 | Quizzes & Puzzles
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My edition of the paper says 21d Japenese poem in three lines of five, seven, three syllables;'amusement verse. Haiku fits in but the definition given by Oxford Concise dictionary is contraction of haikai no ku 'light verse' and says 5 7 5 syllables. Help please.

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It's almost certainly 'haiku'. This is a complicated subject. Japanese 'on' are similar to but not the same as our syllables so although Japanese 'on' are 5, 7,5, the English version can have between 10 -14 syllables in all and still be considered a haiku. Hope this helps.
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Thanks Christiana
for your time in helping me
finish crossword now!
Correction -meant to say 'up to 17 syllables

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