About

Holdings In Haiku contains American and English legal case holdings written in a Haiku format. I started this site as a way to force myself to think more about cases in a fun way. Sometimes the “holdings” on this site may not even be holdings at all; they may be merely memorable facts or signposts to legal rules. Posts on this site are for fun and are not for educational use. Law students: feel free to try to make holdings in haiku for cases you are studying, it is a fun way to think about cases and you might even understand your cases better as a result!

What is a Haiku?
Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, consisting of 17 moras, in three metrical phrases of 5, 7, and 5 moras respectively. Wikipedia.

What is a Mora?
A mora is a unit of sound used in phonology that determines syllable weight (which in turn determines stress or timing) in some languages. As with many technical linguistics terms, the exact definition of mora varies. Perhaps the most succinct working definition was provided by the American linguist James D. McCawley in 1968: a mora is “Something of which a long syllable consists of two and a short syllable consists of one.” Wikipedia.

Even with that definition, I am not really sure what a mora is; so I just usually use syllables.

If you have holdings you would like to submit to this site, or if you would like to suggest a better holding for an existing case on this site, please let me know.

- Dylan