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WeWW! Chemistry Haiku

posted Nov 16, 2016, 6:49 AM by Grace Ong   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 6:50 AM ]
The following post was first posted on Blogger on Friday, 4 October 2013.



Haiku (俳句) is an ancient form of Japanese poetry, in three lines of five, seven and five on (音) or sounds. When writing a haiku in English, the on may be interpreted as syllables.

A haiku is traditionally used to convey an experience of nature. The subject of modern haiku however covers a wider range of topics, from love to even humour.

The following pieces are my first attempt at writing haiku, written in between consultation sessions with my students, on the eve of their H2 Chemistry paper. The subject of these haiku, as you might have guessed, is Chemistry, or the studying of Chemistry.

Boron and barium
Oh what lovely green observed
In O-two they burn
Dipolar ions
Can't get along with water
So in cliques they form


Oh carbanion!
Thru you an F abandons
An aryl fluoride
Rote is learning not!
For it makes your senses dull
Dimwit you become

They are not very good, I know. sad face icon

For more (and better, funnier) Chemistry haiku, read the works of Dr Steve Hardinger's students. (Dr Steve Hardinger is a UCLA University Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry.)
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