Monthly Archives: January 2016

ANCIENT CANDLEMAS: THE BEGINNING OF SPRING

To our ancestors, the forces of Nature and the urges within humans were personified as gods and goddesses both major and minor.  So changes in Nature and the changes in humans were represented as events relating to the deities. In … Continue reading

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YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT ‘TIL IT’S GONE

A bibliophile friend pointed out to me this quote, hokku-like in spirit, from an old travel book.  The context is that a missionary is explaining Heaven to a Canadian Indian named Saltatha, who then said, “My father, you have spoken … Continue reading

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A BURSTING JUG, AND CHANGING THE SITE COMMENTS POLICY

A very effective hokku by Bashō: (Winter) Waking suddenly; A water pot burst In the icy night. I have added the “suddenly” (as Blyth also does in his translation) because it is implied by the event.  The jug has burst … Continue reading

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HOKKU AS I TEACH IT

From time to time I like to explain, so there will be no confusion, just what it is that I teach as hokku. It is not precisely the same as old Japanese hokku.  It could not be, given the difference … Continue reading

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SNOW CROW

Today I will briefly discuss a rather well-known hokku that I talked about in an earlier posting.  My feeble excuse for this is that it is snowing where I am this morning, and there are crows out in it. Bashō … Continue reading

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NEW YEAR’S SUN

(Winter) New Year’s Day; A crow sips a puddle Thawed by the sun.   This is probably a good time to again ask reader opinions about the comments policy on this site.  It has long been that comments are only … Continue reading

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