Monthly Archives: November 2011

SEEN FROM THE HOKKU MIND

I hope that readers here have begun to realize from my postings that the hokku is quite different from the modern haiku.  In general, a modern haiku is just a verse of some kind written in three lines.  It might … Continue reading

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MORE ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HOKKU — A REVIEW

A reader has asked me to clarify a few points in this list (borrowed from R. H. Blyth) of the characteristics of hokku.  Though he asked about only three, perhaps it might be helpful to give some explanation of all, … Continue reading

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THE WIND OF AUTUMN

Sometimes I like to take an old hokku and modify it to make it fit an American environment: An abandoned house; The wind of autumn Over the bare floor.  This is a “harmony of similarity” hokku, in which we feel … Continue reading

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FALLING GINKGO LEAVES

When I was a small boy, I was fascinated the first time I saw the leaves of the ginkgo tree, so remarkably different from the leaves of all other trees. They fascinated me even more when I learned that the … Continue reading

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