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By Jisoo Lee
Special to Midlands Anchor

Writing is a skill requiring great discipline and practice. And one of writing’s best disciplining tools is the art and practice of writing haiku.

An ancient form of Japanese poetry, haiku is simple verse: Three lines, the first of which is five syllables. The second is seven syllables. The third is, again, five. All three lines must be written cleanly with as few adjectives and adverbs as possible, though a few modifiers are sometimes necessary.

For instance, in my own haiku, TEDDY BEAR, I write:

“Brown is the teddy,
“It growls and scares the forest.
“Yet one sleeps with me.”

Another is on the NATURE OF GOD:

“From His fingertips,
“Infinite space and time stream.
“How it all began.”

Whether one is writing fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, the seemingly simple art of constructing haiku develops rhythm, and forces the writer – especially under established time-restraints – not to depend on principle modifiers like adjectives and adverbs.

As a creative writing student at the Northeast Arts Academy in Columbia, we regularly write haiku as a writing prompt exercise. These exercises are not only developmentally effective, but I enjoy writing them as a personal artform.

– Ten-year-old Jisoo Lee’s work was first published in Oct. 2016. She has studied creative writing at the Northeast (Columbia) Arts Academy since Feb. 2016. She has just completed 5th grade at Polo Road Elementary School where she was a “QUEST” (advanced placement program) student. Jisoo will attend E.L. Wright Middle School in the fall. She speaks, reads, and writes both Korean and English fluently.

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