ΗΕΑΤ

From horizon to horizon,
A cloudless sky;
The heat!

We are having another heat wave where I live.  The summers are not the pleasant, mild times they used to be — due to climate change, of course.  The planet is in critical condition.  Greed and foolishness have brought us to this state.  I don’t see that anything meaningful is being done to change the catastrophic course humanity has set itself upon, and some are already predicting food and water shortages and the possible end of civilization as we know it, not to mention the dying out of countless species of life on this planet.

And yet the seasons change.  In a few days we will be at August 1st — Harvest Home, or Lammas to use its very old name.  It marks the beginning of autumn.  That does not mean the end of summer heat of course, but the Wheel of the Year continues to turn and the days are becoming ever shorter and the nights longer.

Recently we have been exploring daoku here — objective hokku, based on the best aesthetics of the old Japanese hokku.  In the coming weeks I would like to take some time to review the old Japanese hokku, detailing how it relates to modern hokku and daoku, and how it differs.

It is particularly important in this time of environmental and climate crisis that we remember we are a part of Nature — not apart from it, and what hurts Nature hurts us.  Many people have lost touch with the natural world, and that is not at all a healthy thing.  Hokku and daoku, with their focus on Nature and the place of humans within and as a part of Nature, helps to restore a sane perspective.  We live in a time when that is sorely needed.

As we look at old Japanese hokku, we will see how its aesthetics are carried on in modern hokku and daoku, and we will also review the basic principles and underlying philosophy — or better one might say spirituality — of writing hokku.  If all goes as planned, this review should be rather extensive.  We will look again at the various kinds of hokku, and what makes a good hokku.  This information is essential for those who wish to write hokku or daoku today in the English language.  The same principles may be applied to other languages as well.

David

2 thoughts on “ΗΕΑΤ

  1. I’m glad that you’ll be comparing/contrasting the old Japanese hokku with modern hokku and daoku. I’m sure many of your new readers will enjoy looking at the different kinds of hokku and seeing what makes a good hokku, especially daoku.
    Stay cool, my hokkuphile friend!

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