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A haiku was a traditional poem, oftenly evocative and sometimes elitist.  Developed from the popular hokku, it was the most common, famous, and celebrated of Rokugan's poetry forms, praised as the purest demonstration of a poet's ability. 
It was written in a pattern of approximately 5-7-5  morae (phonetic units). It also contained a special "season word" descriptive of the season in which the haiku was set in. Haiku typically aimed to capture a single scene or emotion- such as the sight of the first fall of snow, or a single black crow upon a wilting branch- in a precise, metered manner.  The simple structure of a haiku could contain extremely complex ideas and notions, expressing all manner of emotion and inherent truths. 
Haiku was expected to contain a kiru, a “cutting” element, which presented two images or ideas that seemingly contradict one another, which were contrasted or ironically linked by the author. The images were separated by a “cutting word,” known as a kireji, And a haiku must also contain a kigo, or “seasonal word,” which related it to one of the four seasons. 
Haiku were originally developed by the ronin poet Rezan. Until that time most poetry shorter than five lines was considered frivolous.  Other said the emergence of haiku occurred long before he was born. 
It became popular to made duels of Haiku, to demonstrate own poetry skills. 
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