Defining poetry

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In the Post-Gazette’s April 10 issue, letter writer Ellen Garbuny’s comment about haiku (“Haiku ‘How To’ ”) is correct.

Haiku is defined as a non-rhyming poem of three lines with syllable counts five-seven-five, respectively.

Just because a poem has three lines doesn’t make it a haiku. If it doesn’t adhere to the definition, it is a tercet.

ARTHUR C. FORD SR.

Crafton


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