19th century mathematician Alexander Freeman, joining in the English fascination with all things Japanese, decided to try his hand at devising his own form of the haiku.

Called Pi-ku, the form consisted of a 3-syllable title, then three lines of poetry consisting of 14 syllables, 15 syllables and 9 syllables, respectively.

Though the form had a brief flare of interest within the halls of Oxford and Cambridge, it failed to ever gain any wider acceptance.

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