sen·​ryu | \ ˈsen-rē-(ˌ)ü How to pronounce senryu (audio) \
plural senryu

Definition of senryu

: a 3-line unrhymed Japanese poem structurally similar to haiku but treating human nature usually in an ironic or satiric vein

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Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "Write Stuff: ‘Sex and the City’ author takes on life over 50," 7 Aug. 2019

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1938, in the meaning defined above

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“Senryu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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