Monthly Archives: July 2014

LONE WANDERING, BUT NOT LOST: BRYANT’S TO A WATERFOWL

Last time, I talked about Thanatopsis, the best-known poem by American poet William Cullen Bryant, whom some considered, in his day, the first American poet to meet what had become the “British” standard. Today we will look at the other … Continue reading

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THANATOPSIS: IF YOU DON’T KNOW LIFE, HOW WILL YOU KNOW DEATH?

I was relaxing in the evening recently when these words began running through my head: To him who in the love of nature holds Communion with her visible forms, she speaks A various language; I had read the poem, of … Continue reading

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Coolness

Coolness; A waterfall seen Through summer leaves. David

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A LOAD OF WIND

Today, two somewhat unconventional hokku on the same topic — the heat of summer: First, a slightly loose translation of a famous hokku by Kakô, in keeping with the rising temperatures in my area today: Carrying a load of wind … Continue reading

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YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT ‘TIL ITS GONE: SHIKI’S FIREWORKS

I have talked previously about how conservative in many ways the supposed “revolutionary” Masaoka Shiki really was. He was not a particularly happy or even likable person, and his “reform” of hokku consisted largely of divorcing it from any possibility … Continue reading

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HOKUSHI’S CRACKED BELL: A SUMMER HOKKU

Even the “bong” Of the cracked bell is hot; The summer moon. The functioning of this hokku by Hokushi lies in the use of the perceived similarity of the uncomfortable summer heat — so oppressive that it is felt even … Continue reading

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