sen·​ryu ˈsen-rē-(ˌ)ü How to pronounce senryu (audio)
plural senryu
: a 3-line unrhymed Japanese poem structurally similar to haiku but treating human nature usually in an ironic or satiric vein

Examples of senryu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The construction is the same -- three lines, 17 syllables, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and five syllables on the third line -- but the tone and subject matter of a senryu is different. Mary Colurso |, al, 19 Nov. 2020 The event is open to anyone interested in learning about the modern haiku, senryu and haibun types of poetry, focusing on contemporary free verse forms, not the familiar five-seven-five-syllable structure. Carole Goldberg,, 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of senryu was in 1938

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“Senryu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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