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Is this a valid haiku?

While an English language haiku is not typically constrained to 17 syllables, there are certain traditions that it often follows. Specifically (from the Haiku Society of America's definitions page): ...
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Is this a valid haiku?

No. There is a distinct pattern that is required. To wit: a Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five, traditionally evoking images of the natural world. A poem ...
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Is there a tool for determining the number of on in a word for the purpose of writing haiku?

An on is a feature of the Japanese language that does not exist in English. Counting something that does not exist makes no sense. For the same reason, whatever is written in English and called a "...
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Is there a tool for determining the number of on in a word for the purpose of writing haiku?

You can try Japanese Transliteration which will take English words and *transliterate them into Hiragana, which you can hear spoken (lower right hand option). This means it will show you the Hirigana ...
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Does a Haiku need to have exactly 17 syllables?

In the original text of ten random haikus by classical Japanese poets I just checked, length varies from 11 to 19 syllables and only two had 17. Just as they say in French, “il ne faut pas être plus ...
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Writing a poem in secondary language that has rules for primary language

You use the rules of the language you are writing in, period. Haiku may be written in English, using the English rules and definitions of syllables. Japanese and English Haiku do not translate as ...
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Writing a poem in secondary language that has rules for primary language

I don't see how writing an English Haiku is a problem. So you write English words on three lines with line 1 having 5 syllables, line 2 having 7, and line 3 having 5. I remember writing haikus as a ...
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Is there a tool for determining the number of on in a word for the purpose of writing haiku?

Or would it even be possible to create a tool to consistently determine the number of on in a language other than Japanese? No, it isn't. Or rather, it is possible to count something consistently, ...
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Is using syllables the generally accepted 'proper' way to write English haiku or tanka?

I believe if you're writing a haiku in a particular language, you stick to the smallest unit of sound heard when the language is spoken. In Japanese, this is the ooni; in English, this is the syllable....
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Is using syllables the generally accepted 'proper' way to write English haiku or tanka?

Now, I'm utter bullocks at poetry, but I am learning Japanese. So allow me to (try and help by) describing how Japanese syllables work, and what Onji are meant to describe. In Japanese words are ...
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