Senryu (川柳)

Senryu (川柳) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all.

Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions.

Senryu often makes use of wabi or “the beauty of ordinary things”.

Senryū is named after Edo period haikai poet Karai Senryū (柄井川柳, 1718–1790), whose collection Haifūyanagidaru (誹風柳多留) launched the genre into the public consciousness.

Below is an example of a senryu haiku:

When I catch,
The robber,
my own son

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