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To write haiku, do you need 5 syllables then 7 syllables then 5 syllables again OR is it 5 words then 7 words then 5 words again?

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Syllables, each set is on a different line also. Refer to the following example as a reference:
Haiku are easy
But sometimes they don't make sense
Refrigerator

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Two thumbs up.
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Thank you very muchly
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The syllables!!!! Not words!

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Syllables :0)

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I never liked haiku very much. The very best of it is clever but it's always left me a bit cold.
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Me too! I like witty banter MUCH better!!!!
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syllables,or one syllable words

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5 7 5

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wickedpissah

To write a haiku
You need to count syllables
Five, seven, and five.

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Informative and inventive.
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wickedpissah
Writing poetry,
Is so much more fun than just,
Answering questions.
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Clever
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Excellent!
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Syllables

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Haikus are easy
They are mostly from nature
Just make a poem.

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Perfect!
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