Write a Haiku for us!

This year, to celebrate National Poetry Day on 1 October, we’re organising a poetry competition. We’re asking people to write a haiku poem for us about ‘Life since 23rd March 2020’.

23rd March 2020 was the date the UK went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic. Things became very different for everyone that day – and they continue to be different even now.

But life didn’t stop!
So, we want to hear what’s happened to you and what you’ve thought of it all – in the form of a haiku. We’ve chosen haiku because you don’t have to be a poet to write one.

How to write a Haiku Poem
Haiku is a type of short form poetry, originally from Japan, which doesn’t have to rhyme. It consists of just three lines. The first line contains 5 syllables, the second consists of 7 syllables, and the third has 5 syllables. And that’s it.

The haiku should capture a single moment in time and they are often about everyday things such as nature, feelings or experience. Usually they use simple words and grammar which sound harmonious when read aloud.

3 lines, 17 syllables, your perspective
We’ve all got thoughts and feelings about what’s happened this year and maybe some particular moments stand out for you. If you can convey those moments in just three lines and 17 syllables you’ve got a haiku. And you can enter our competition!

The competition
We’re running our competition to celebrate National Poetry Day, which is on 1 October. You don’t have to be a Friend of Oundle Library to enter, and the competition is open to all age groups. The winner will receive a £25 Book Token.

Competition rules:

  • No more than three haiku per entrant.
  • Closing date is midday on Thursday, 1 October (National Poetry Day).
  • Entries should be sent to the Friends of Oundle Library by email.
  • In the email please provide your name and surname, age, and a telephone number.
  • Judging will be by the Friends of Oundle Library and the winner will be contacted by telephone.
  • Send your entries to us at: haiku@friendsofoundlelibrary.org.uk

 

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