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The history of the modern haiku dates from Masaoka Shiki's reform, begun in 1892, which established haiku as a new independent poetic form. Shiki's reform did not change two traditional elements of haiku: the division of 17 syllables into three groups of 5, 7, and 5 syllables and the inclusion of a seasonal theme. Kawahigashi Hekigoto carried Shiki's reform further with two proposals: 1.Haiku would be truer to reality if there were no center of interest in it. 2.The importance of the poet's first impression, just as it was, of subjects taken from daily life, and of local colour to create freshness.

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