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GLAD YULE: THE WINTER SOLSTICE

Tomorrow — December 21st — is the Winter Solstice, the ancient holiday of Great Yule.  It is the shortest day of the year and the longest night.  It is also the turning point after which the days once more gradually … 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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EVEN THE CROW…

Bashō wrote two very similar winter hokku, using a different technique in each. You will recall that in winter, hokku using opposites are often effective (as they are in summer) by presenting us with contrasting elements. Bashō does that in … Continue reading

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RED ON WHITE, CROW ON SNOW

We all know that Shiki was the individual who began the revisionism that has proved so disastrous for hokku — so damaging, in fact, that in the 20th century most people did not even realize that Bashō and all the … Continue reading

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