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Renhai Studio is a forum for the discussion and development of the Renhai linking form.

The various renhai that have been written in the Studio are retained here in the group's archives:


Renhai Minimum Definition:

1. Three independent haiku (formatted as 3-lines, 2-lines, 3-lines).

2. Each haiku (verse) links uniquely to the other two verses in some way.

3. Each verse references at least one common theme.

4. A seasonal reference (kigo) is desired. If there is a season then only one season is referenced by at least one verse. If there is no kigo then the renhai should be nature-based and would be considered "Non-seasonal" or "All season".

5. There is an appropriate title.

How the verses link, what constitutes an appropriate title, and other details such as format and style are refinements that are left up to the writers.

How to Write Renhai:

Seven Steps to Composing a Renhai (Forward method):

1. Getting Started: to agree on a season in which to write

2. Write the Middle Verse, First Line (partner 1)

3. Write the Middle Verse, Second Line (partner 2)

4. Choose a Theme

5. Write the Third Verse (partner 1)

6. Write the First Verse (partner 2)

7. Choose a Title

Here is a more detailed introduction:


And here is a step-by-step tutorial:


Group Information

  • 16
  • Haiku
  • Dec 12, 2007
  • English

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