senryu

noun
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

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 | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Cryptic road sign in Alabama has some folks scratching their heads," 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, courant.com, "Write Stuff: ‘Sex and the City’ author takes on life over 50," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of senryu

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for senryu

Japanese

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“Senryu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/senryu. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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