Tag Archives: Nature verse

HOKKU AND A BIT BEYOND

The three-line hokku is a very useful format for expressing Nature.  But now and then, there are experiences that we may wish to extend slightly. The following experience, for example, can be written in a longer or shorter form, with … Continue reading

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THE SMELLS OF THINGS: CHARACTERISTICS OF HOKKU

There is a very simple but highly suggestive hokku by Bonchō : In the town, The smells of things; The summer moon. That is the form in English. As you know, a hokku expresses a season, either spring, summer, fall … Continue reading

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MAKING HOKKU FROM A FROZEN SLOUGH

Today a reader (Christine from Tree Top Haiku) sent me a verse, and kindly gave me permission to use it in explaining the difference between English-language hokku and “haiku.” There is so much variation in modern haiku that one generally … Continue reading

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SPRING CONTRAST, SPRING SIMILARITY

Here is a variation on a hokku by Buson: The heavy doors Of a temple gate close; The spring evening. What is behind appreciation of this verse? First, it is set in the season of spring, which is a time … Continue reading

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