Literary Love: Haiku for Characters in Literature

Literary Love: Haiku for Characters in Literature

Valentine’s Day is near, and love is in the air. Whether or not you find yourself with a flesh-and-blood beau this February, we all know that the characters in books can constitute some of the sweetest and most enduring loves any of us will ever experience. To express our affection for our literary loves (both platonic and romantic), we’ve written haiku full of our feelings. Real talk: We’re just glad the subjects of most of these poems are fictional so that we don’t have to worry about creeping them out.

To Harry Potter
Harry Potter, you
Are the boy who lived. And I
Can’t live without you.


To Starr Carter
Starr, you shine brightly
In my sky. I only have
Love to give to you.


To Lisbeth Salander
Dear Lisbeth, may I
Please call
you Lis? You have hacked
Into my cold heart.


To Karl Ove Knausgaard
Karl, you are cranky
But still, I am charmed by you.
Your struggle is real.


To Amy Dunne
Amazing Amy,
Should I love or fear you? I
Can’t ever decide.


To Margaret Simon
Margaret, are you
There? Let’s dish all about boys,
Bras, and periods.


To Josef “Joe” Kavalier
In the Big Apple,
Please sit with me atop the
Empire State Building.


To Stella Payne
Dear Stella, your groove
Is back and now mine is too.
Let’s dance all night long.


To Anne Shirley
Anne Shirley, redhead
You are. Kindred spirit, my
Canadian friend.


To Katniss Everdeen
Katniss Everdeen,
Cupid has nothing on your
Mad archery skills.

Elizabeth Rowe
Elizabeth is Bookish's Senior Editor and a graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in Nonfiction Writing. She is based in San Francisco and can frequently be found at Philz with her nose in a book. Her current obsession is the My Struggle series by Karl Ove Knausgaard, and she thoroughly embarrassed herself when she met him shortly after the release of volume four (and she has the photos to prove it).


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