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A Japanese form of poetry used by lazy people.
Haiku example:

I like potatoes
They are yummy and filling
Five more syllables
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Haiku are strictly about nature. All of the definitions posted here are incorrect, those are senryu, which are haiku that do not deal with nature.
HAIKU:

Whispering softly
Willow trees in the winter
Sway in the cold wind.

SENRYU:

I have a big cock
It is much bigger than yours
Yours is just too small
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A strict form of Japanese poetry consisting of 3 lines.

Format:
First Line 5 Syllables
Second Line 7 Syllables
Third Line 5 Syllables
A cow's in the field,
It knows not what is to come.
Rare or medium?
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A short, sweet 3 line poem that follows a certain rhyme scheme
Our teacher told us to write a Haiku but I got an F, here's what I wrote.

Five syllable line
A seven syllable line
Five syllable line
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A type of Japanese poetry always 3 lines in length. The lines always have 5, 7, and 5 syllables.
Haiku usually focuses on highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons.
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Haikus have three lines.
The first has five syllables,
Then seven, then five.

Proper haikus are about nature, especially the seasons; the structure tends to be more important than the words.
A haiku:
Underneath a tree
Summer air is so easy.
So is yo mama.
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A form of poetry that has a certain format. The format of the poem is, the first line 5 syllables, the second 7 syllables and the third 5 syllables
Haiku About Valley Forge

Washington is cold
I kept his mother real warm
I'm his new daddy
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