Haiku Review: 9 Classics

What can I say? I like a haiku. Also, classics truthers, I’m using the word loosely here, but also this is a blog post with a random person amusing herself with haiku, so you’re probably not here?

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Pride and Prejudice

Two rich men nearby!

How perfect they’re each in want

Of a Benson wife!

Their Eyes Were Watching God

A name like Tea Cake-
Will it finally work out?
What the…? Doggonit.
Are you telling me
They are all going to die?
Spoiler alert.

Little Women

Remember how dear
Marmee let a pet bird die
To teach a lesson?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

So Hermione
Will save the day every time…
Even when asleep.

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

Maybe white people
Will read this if we outright
Say it’s interesting.
(If you haven’t read this one, consider pairing it with Henry Louis Gates’ The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African American Criticism.)

Lord of the Flies

Cool, cool. We’ve chosen
Children murdering children
For our metaphor.

The Great Gatsby

Should have left it at
Looking at a green light and
Your stalker scrapbook.
(Anyone else intrigued by this beautiful graphic novel version?)

1984

Yikes. It turns out they
Don’t even need Big Brother-
Do it for the ‘gram.

Any classics you’d love to see a haiku for? Are you going to give it a go?


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