pseudohaiku

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Etymology[edit]

Formed as pseudo- +‎ haiku; compare the German Pseudohaiku.

Noun[edit]

pseudohaiku (countable and uncountable, plural pseudohaiku)

  1. False or free-form haiku; any form of syllabically parsimonious or otherwise pithy poetry, usually, comprising three lines of verse per poem.
    • 1967, James Boyer May [ed.], Trace (Villiers Publications), issues 64–66, page 460
      Hanson is no mere artificer, no pseudohaiku addict.
    • 2009, Ian Marshall, Walden by Haiku, page xxi
      I am reminded that the hai in haiku means “humor.” Of course, the humor is not simply the quick tee-hee of mock-philosophical “pseudohaiku” about things like computer problems and being stuck in traffic.
    • 2010, Sheila Vijayan, Just Three Lines, page v
      Haiku is a form of traditional Japanese poetry written written with simple images and mostly with direct meaning. Traditional haiku have many rigid rules but modern haiku, sometimes referred to as pseudohaiku, are very flexible. The word haiku is both singular as well as plural and so it is typically incorrect to say ‘haikus’.