Monthly Archives: October 2014

COLD RAIN; AN AUTUMN HOKKU

It is pouring rain here, and having just come in out of it, here is a simple hokku expressive of the day: (Autumn) Cold rain; A solitary crow Stalks among the puddles. Nothing profound there, just a wet happening on … Continue reading

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FOREVER AUTUMN: THOMAS HARDY’S DURING WIND AND RAIN

Today we shall take a look at Thomas Hardy’s poem During Wind and Rain. It might be puzzling at first glance, but one quickly notices that the first five lines of each stanza depict a pleasant scene of middle-class family … Continue reading

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THE LONG NIGHT: DARKNESS AND SOUND IN GOCHIKU

As autumn deepens, the days grow ever shorter, the nights longer. Our bodies, if not constrained by trying to follow “clock time,” gradually adjust to this, but nonetheless sometimes we find ourselves waking in the night, unable to go back … Continue reading

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INVICTUS: THE VICTORY OF WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY

William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) wrote a poem about a very difficult time in his life, a work that has been both praised and (unjustly) derided over the years. Its subject is the human spirit and its response to difficult circumstances. … Continue reading

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INCREASING YIN: THE LIGHT GOES OUT

I often mention that Shiki, who is generally considered (inaccurately) the founder of the modern haiku movement, just continued to write hokku, for the most part, though he called them “haiku.” Not only were his verses hokku in form, they … Continue reading

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