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Poems, Stories, Plays in the Scots Language by David Purves
Hidden Haiku
Haiku in Scots excised from longer poems by Scottish Poets


    Comparisons between haiku in English and Scots (which most English-speaking people understand) suggest that haiku provide universal poetic insights with a quality of awareness specific to the language in which they are expressed.  Versions in literary Scots often have a vigor and frisson which indicates that this register does harmonise well with the distinctive spirit and tradition of haiku.  Scots as a linguistic register for poetry does seem to harmonise well with the distinctive spirit of haiku.

    It is of interest that haiku or short poems like haiku can sometimes be identified as integral parts of longer poems.

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