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Bashō never wrote that haiku. The haiku is not listed on PoemHunter or in his list of works on Wikipedia, which starts to seem suspicious, but then I found authoritative confirmation at MI6 HQ: The title of "You Only Live Twice" comes from a haiku (or poem) included in the Ian Fleming novel on which the film is based. It goes: "You only live twice. Once ...


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TL;DR: The extreme shortness of haiku, and the traditional requirements of the form, mean that they are most suited to describing moments. But it’s not a rule and there are some exceptions. Traditionally a haiku has three requirements: Seventeen phonetic units (音, on) divided into groups of five, seven, and five. A juxtaposition of two ideas or ...


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