Tag Archives: History of Haiku

UNTANGLING THE CONFUSING OF HOKKU WITH HAIKU

From time to time I like to remind readers that the careless use of the term “haiku” to describe what historically is really hokku is not only anachronistic but also inaccurate and confusing.  Here is a slightly modified earlier article … Continue reading

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THE STRANGE TALE OF HOW AN EXCELLENT REVIEW BECAME A SCATHING REVIEW

Some of you, in looking about on the Internet,  may have come across search topic headings like these: MH Book Review—David Coomler‘s HOKKU – Welcome to ModernHaiku http://www.modernhaiku.org/bookreviews/coomler2003.html Hokku: Writing Traditional Haiku in English: The Gift to be Simple, by David Coomler(Springfield, Ill … Review … Continue reading

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WHY HAIKU FAILED AND CONTINUES TO FAIL

In his useful book Poetic Meter and Poetic Form (University of Pennsylvania, 1979, 1965), Paul Fussell writes: “An even more exotic version of the tercet is the haiku (or hokku) ….  Playing around with it in English is surely as … Continue reading

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