Monthly Archives: March 2016

THE YELLOW WATERS OF SPRING OR THE SPRING’S YELLOW WATERS?

Ransetsu wrote a spring hokku about the flowering shrub called yamabuki —山吹  — which is generally translated into English as “mountain rose.”  That is, however, rather confusing for Westerners, who generally think it looks little like the roses they know. … Continue reading

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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SMALL THINGS

One of the first problems a new student of hokku encounters is the selection of material, and this question arises: What subject is worth making into a hokku? The answer is that to make a hokku interesting, one must pick … Continue reading

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DEFINING HOKKU

Spring is a good time to review the principles and practice of the hokku.  We can begin with a definition: DEFINING HOKKU A hokku in English is a brief, unrhymed, three-line verse about Nature and humans as a part of Nature, … Continue reading

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