Jumbled Haikus

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I’ve often used haikus as part of language classes, even though my interest in them is mainly literary. In this activity students try and ‘unjumble’ the words to create a haiku before checking their ideas with the video below. Although – or because the words are so carefully chosen, this is a lot harder than it sounds and generates a lot of discussion about possible word order in pared down texts. You should probably point out that there is a school of thought that claims it’s more important to capture the spirit of a haiku than strictly follow the seventeen syllable count.

If the link here doesn’t work search Youtube with this: ‘Poetry Everywhere: Robert Hass Translation of Selected Haiku by Kobayashi Issa.’

a. keep don’t spiders I worry casually house

b. blossom new year’s day is in feel about I average everything

c. snow village melting and the the is flooded is with children

d. goes my out back the comes life love of cat

e. I’m mosquito does at my deaf ear it think

f. the evening under stripped moon that snail to the waist

g. even insects with some can can’t sing some

h. the whole I pray time Buddha I keep to on mosquitos killing

i. napped me half on the day no one punished

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