Tag Archives: Issa

ISSA’S PINE TREE

As regular readers here know, I am not a big fan of the verses of Issa, but there are a few worthwhile examples among them.  Here is one: (Autumn) The pine I planted Has also become old. The autumn evening. … Continue reading

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A FEW SNOWFLAKES

The hokku of Issa is a very mixed bag.  Often it is too emotional, or says too much.  There is, for example, this verse: Snow sparsely falling; A splendid Moonlit night. The problem here — aside from the rather awkward … Continue reading

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A POOR WAYFARING STRANGER

The autumn chill; Every place I live in Belongs to another. We have entered the time for autumn hokku.  Autumn is when Nature withers, and the energies of life go inward.  It is also a time of migration for birds … Continue reading

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REVIEW OF HOKKU BASICS: THE FORM

There are two aspects to hokku: 1. The form 2. The content Of these two aspects, the content takes some time to absorb, particularly the aesthetic spirit characterizing hokku. The form, on the other hand, takes only a few minutes. … Continue reading

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REVIEW OF HOKKU BASICS: INTERNAL REFLECTION AND HARMONY OF SIMILARITY

In the previous posting I discussed the Hokku Wheel of the Year, the hokku calendar that is in essence remarkably close to the old calendar not only of the hokku writers of old Japan but also that of the old … Continue reading

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LEARN FROM THE SCARECROW: ISSA’S HARVEST MOON

An autumn hokku by Issa: Standing unaffected Beneath a Harvest Moon — The scarecrow. Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet that nothing is either good or bad but thinking makes it so.  We admire and ooh! and ah! over the large, bright … Continue reading

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AUTUMN AND THE MORNING GLORY

Today I would like to talk about morning glory hokku. Why?  Because I happened to pass a blooming morning glory vine this morning, as you can see from the above photo.  Also, in old Japanese hokku, the morning glory was … Continue reading

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