Tag Archives: senryû

AFTERMATH: A POST-HOLIDAYS SENRYU

After the New Year, A Christmas tree At every trash bin. It may look like hokku, having the same outer form — the same “shell,” but it is not.  It is the subject matter that makes it something else, and … Continue reading

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HOKKU: CREATE THE RIGHT CONDITIONS

In the previous posting, I wrote that the poetic-aesthetic experience created in the mind on reading a hokku is involuntary; it just happens, because the hokku has created the right conditions for it to happen. To better understand this, let’s … Continue reading

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THREE VIEWS OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS

There is a famous spring hokku by Bashō: A cloud of blossoms — Is the bell Ueno? Asakusa? Through a cloud of blooming cherry trees, the writer hears the sound of a distant, unseen temple bell.  He wonders if it … Continue reading

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NEW BRIDGES AND SPONGING RELATIVES: HUMAN QUIRKS AND SENRYU

You will recall that in addition to hokku, there is another and visually very similar kind of verse called senryu. How does one tell a senryu from a hokku?  First, senryu does not have a seasonal setting. Second, while hokku … Continue reading

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HA-HA!: A QUICK LOOK AT SENRYU

Every now and then I like to mention hokku’s “evil twin,” senryu. Unlike hokku, senryu does not express a particular season.  Nor does it express Nature and the place of humans within and as a part of Nature.  Instead, senryu … Continue reading

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EPIGRAMS AND SENRYU

It is typical of the misunderstanding that has dogged the steps of hokku in the West that when it first began to appear there, it was sometimes referred to as “epigrams,” when it is not epigrammatical at all. What is … Continue reading

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A FEW SENRYŪ

Hokku deals with Nature and the place of humans within and as a part of Nature.  But here are a few old senryū, which deal instead with human quirks and foibles: When winter comes, The pawn shop Is in summer. … Continue reading

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