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ARRANGING A HOKKU: SHIKI’S GATE

I often say that in spite of his reputation as the “founder” of haiku, Shiki really wrote hokku, though he tended toward verses that were like sketches in words.  Perhaps you have come across Blyth’s translation of one of his … Continue reading

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WHITE ON WHITE: A HOKKU BY KYOROKU

Today is that very ancient holiday Midsummer’s Day — the Summer Solstice.  It is the day when the sun reachest its highest point in its yearly arc across the sky, and it is the longest day of the year.  After … Continue reading

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HAIR AND HEAT: SONO-JO’S CHILD

The unseasonably hot days continue here.  It brings to mind a hokku by Sono-jo, a female writer. As you know, summer and winter are the two “extreme” seasons; summer for its heat, winter for its cold.  Consequently it is effective … Continue reading

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SPOKEN AND UNSPOKEN: WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR AND HOKKU

In much of Western poetry, an event is used simply as a lead-in to talking about another subject somehow related to the first. An example is this poem by Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864): DEATH OF DAY My pictures blacken in … Continue reading

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THE YIN AND YANG OF SUMMER

If you have been reading this site for some time, you will already know how important an understanding of Yin and Yang are to the practice of hokku.  And you will know that speaking very broadly, Yin is cold and … Continue reading

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WOLVES HOWLING: HARMONY OF CONTRAST

Per Jōsō: Lupos ululante Omnes insimul; Le vespere nivee. By Jōsō: Wolves howling All together; The snowy evening. In hokku habemus harmonia de similaritate, ma anque harmonia de contrasto.  Iste verso per Jōsō nobis mostra le harmonia de contrasto.  Como? In hokku … Continue reading

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THE WIND OF AUTUMN

Sometimes I like to take an old hokku and modify it to make it fit an American environment: An abandoned house; The wind of autumn Over the bare floor.  This is a “harmony of similarity” hokku, in which we feel … Continue reading

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