Monthly Archives: February 2011

WRIGHT OR WRONG?

The automatic statistics of this site tell me that frequently people come here hoping to see something illuminating about the “haiku” of Richard Wright — just why, I am not certain, given that this site favors hokku and generally considers … Continue reading

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THE THING IT IS AND THE THING IT ISN’T

Long-time readers here will recall that I have discussed the issue of metaphor and simile and their relation (if any) to hokku.  I have pointed out that what readers — even presumably scholarly readers — find as metaphor in hokku … Continue reading

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ARSENIC-SMEARED HAIKU

I often say that modern haiku, for all practical purposes, began in the middle of the 20th century as a result of the misunderstanding and misperception of the hokku by Western writers and academics.  They saw the hokku through the … Continue reading

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TO EVERY THING THERE IS A SEASON

Unlike most other kinds of verse, the hokku is linked with the season in which it is written.  In fact one can say truthfully that whatever the obvious subject of a hokku, the real subject is the season in which … Continue reading

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THROUGH THE BARLEY

Mokudō wrote a very simple yet very effective spring hokku: Harukaze ya   mugi no naka yuku   mizu no oto Spring wind ya barley ‘s center goes water ‘s sound I give the Japanese transliteration only to show how … Continue reading

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WHY HAIKU FAILED AND CONTINUES TO FAIL

In his useful book Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (University of Pennsylvania, 1979, 1965), Paul Fussell writes: “An even more exotic version of the tercet is the haiku (or hokku) ….  Playing around with it in English is surely as … Continue reading

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WHAT’S IN A NAME?

Someone expressed the view to me recently that the haiku and tanka “communities” are strongly biased against any traditional approach.  By “communities,” he means of course those people who gather on the Internet or in publications to share and read … Continue reading

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