In “One Hundred Great Books in Haiku”, David Bader applies this ancient poetic form to the great works of literature…

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
Snow-drops hang like tears.
Shy, sweet, saintly Beth has died.
One down, three to go.

The Odyssey, by Homer
Aegean forecast:
storms, chance of one-eyed giants,
delays expected.

Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes
Dusk: the windmills turn.
Is the Don mad, or are we?
No, it’s him all right.

The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Grim, grey New England
All adulterers receive
free monogramming.

De Revolutionibus Orbium Caelestium, by Nicolaus Copernicus
Guessus Whatibus?
Earthus orbits the Sunnum!
Ptolemy doofus.

War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
Guns roar, Russia burns.
Where’s Andrey? Who is Petya?
Confused, France retreats.

The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, by Laurence Sterne
I’ve torn out line two.
Reader, it was dull.

The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
What have I become?
Uncertain, Gregor Samsa
Puts out some feelers.

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
Morning: Pond-gazing.
Afternoon: Berry-picking.
What a hectic day.


About Gina Marie Thompson

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