Monthly Archives: June 2010

SUDDENLY, WITH JOY

In hokku, as I have said many times, we do not use metaphor (saying one thing is another) or simile (saying one thing is like another).  There is a specific reason for that.  It is that in hokku, metaphor and … Continue reading

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“TRUE” AND “UNTRUE” HOKKU

In the past I have talked about the four kinds of verse, which can further be reduced to two kinds: 1.  The “facts” of the verse viewed subjectively. 2.  The “facts” of the verse viewed objectively. An important stage in … Continue reading

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AVOIDING DISTRACTIONS

It is important to distinguish the essentials from the nonessentials in learning hokku.  Many people easily get sidetracked, often never finding their way back. There are, of course, ways to improve one’s conscious understanding of hokku.  But it is the … Continue reading

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A SUDDEN SHOWER

Readers will long ago have noticed that I use old hokku — including verses just beyond what is technically the old “hokku” period — quite often.  My purpose in doing so is not just to provide a collection of old … Continue reading

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THE CLEAR WATER

A pleasant and simple summer hokku by Kitō: Little fish Are carried backwards; The clear water. We see the tiny fish in the clear, sunlight water, swimming against the current, which nonetheless is so strong that, still facing upstream, they … Continue reading

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IT WAS THE THIRD OF JUNE…

Today I am going to combine some things I have talked about lately: First is the “Question” hokku, the whole point of which is to ask a question — or raise a question — that remains unanswered. Shiki wrote a … Continue reading

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BEYOND THE HILLS: MORE PRACTICE IN CHINESE-STYLE VERSE

Here is some more on writing five-word Chinese-style quatrains.  For this exercise I have chosen a verse by Li Pin, called “Crossing the Han River.”  I have adjusted the five words of each line to fit English better, but the … Continue reading

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