Traditional haiku often focuses on very simple subjects while providing an interesting or unexpected perspective. Two distinct images are usually placed in juxtaposition, allowing the reader to see an enlightening connection between the two. Like a good joke, the first part serves as set-up while the second part delivers the punchline. Consider this ancient haiku by the haiku master Issa (translated):
Notice the two images: a wren chirping and the growing dusk. The poem involves nature, includes two simple subjects in juxtoposition and makes a connection between the two that tells us a little something about ourselves: Try though we may, we cannot add hours to the day.
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