Monthly Archives: September 2014

AUTUMN: RETURNING TO THE ROOT

The Autumn Solstice has passed. That means the days are growing shorter, the nights longer. In my recent discussion of the hokku Wheel of the Year, I emphasized how very important the seasons are to hokku. It is a new … Continue reading

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REVIEW OF HOKKU BASICS: THE FORM

There are two aspects to hokku: 1. The form 2. The content Of these two aspects, the content takes some time to absorb, particularly the aesthetic spirit characterizing hokku. The form, on the other hand, takes only a few minutes. … Continue reading

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THE BEAUTY BEEN: HOPKINS AND BINSEY POPLARS

In March of 1879 Gerard Manley Hopkins was working as a parish priest’s assistant in Oxford, England. It was familiar territory for him, having studied Greek and Latin at Oxford from 1862-1867. In wandering north of the city he came … Continue reading

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THE HARDY-HANDSOME FARRIER: HOPKINS AND FELIX SPENCER

In the spring of 1880 Gerard Manley Hopkins was working as a Catholic priest in a slum district of Liverpool, a district which, at that time, was a very unpleasant place with an appallingly high disease and death rate. This … Continue reading

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REVIEW OF HOKKU BASICS: HARMONY OF CONTRAST

In recent review postings I discussed internal reflection in hokku — how similar things interact within a verse — and I discussed the technique of harmony of similarity. You will recall that harmony of similarity is the combining of things … Continue reading

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REVIEW OF HOKKU BASICS: INTERNAL REFLECTION AND HARMONY OF SIMILARITY

In the previous posting I discussed the Hokku Wheel of the Year, the hokku calendar that is in essence remarkably close to the old calendar not only of the hokku writers of old Japan but also that of the old … Continue reading

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A REVIEW OF HOKKU BASICS: THE WHEEL OF THE YEAR AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE

If you want to really understand hokku you will need to know its aesthetics, the principles upon which its practice is based. The chief underlying principle is that everything in the universe is connected. Humans are not separate, but are … Continue reading

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