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Haiku Sonnet: Poetic Form

Learn how to write the haiku sonnet, a combination of the haiku and sonnet poetic forms. Find the guidelines and an example poem here.

We're getting close to open submissions season for many college-affiliated literary journals. I haven't submitted much since early spring, but I did receive a few nice and personalized rejections--the kind that let me know I was super close...just not close enough. And so, it's time to get back to sending my work out, but first...

Haiku Sonnets

The basic premise of the haiku sonnet is simple: 4 3-liner haiku plus a couplet of either 5 or 7 syllables adds up to 14 lines, the same number of lines found in a sonnet. The only mention of this form that I've been able to find is a poet named David Marshall.

So to write a haiku sonnet, you really have to know how to write haiku. Here are two posts from Poetic Asides on the topic:

And if you want a refresher on sonnets, check out Poetic Form: Sonnet.

Note: For haiku poets who believe in writing one-liners, this same concept could be applied to the haiku sonnet by combining 14 one-line haiku.

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The Complete Guide of Poetic Forms

Play with poetic forms!

Poetic forms are fun poetic games, and this digital guide collects more than 100 poetic forms, including more established poetic forms (like sestinas and sonnets) and newer invented forms (like golden shovels and fibs).

Click to continue.

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Here’s my attempt at a Haiku Sonnet:

patience, by Robert Lee Brewer

adults gather next
to a STOP sign & wait for
children to escape

from my rocking chair
i examine them all &
hold the weight of clouds

on a yellow bus
the driver makes many stops--
the children must wait

the front lawn needs mowed
though not as bad as the back--
it will have to wait

time waits only for those who
know to hold the weight of time

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